Palestinian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 1978-11-29 UN observes "international day of solidarity with Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
  • 1979-04-16 Failed Palestinian attack on Zaventem Airport, Belgium
  • 1980-07-27 Palestinian throws hand grenade on Jewish children in Antwerp, 1 dead
  • 1982-06-03 Israeli ambassador Shlomo Argov seriously wounded by Palestinians
  • 1982-06-26 US vetos UN Security Council resolution for a limited withdrawal from Beirut of Israeli & Palestine Liberation Organization forces
  • 1982-08-21 Palestinian terrorists are dispersed from Beirut
  • 1982-08-22 Israeli General Ariel Sharon urges Palestinians to discuss peaceful coexistence
  • 1982-09-01 Palestinian Liberation Organization leaves Lebanon
  • 1982-09-16 Massacre of 1000+ Palestinian refugees at Chatila & Sabra begins
  • 1982-09-18 Sabra and Shatila massacres - Christian militia massacre at least 700 Palestinians in retaliation for assassination of Bachir Gemayel
  • 1983-11-24 PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese
  • 1985-09-25 Palestinian terrorists kill 3 Israeli sailors at Lanaca Cyprus
  • 1987-12-07 Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
  • 1987-12-08 Occupied Palestinians start "intefadeh" (uprising) against Israel
  • 1987-12-09 Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank
  • 1988-01-03 Israel orders 9 Palestinian "instigators" deported from W Beirut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988-12-07 PLO delegation lead by Yasser Arafat proclaims the State of Palestine, recognizing the existence of the State of Israel for the first time

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 1988-12-14 US agrees to talk to Palestine Liberation Org for the 1st time in 13 yrs
  • 1990-10-08 Israeli police kill 17 Palestinian rioters
  • 1990-12-04 An Iraqi official reports that Iraq will withdraw if it can retain control of the Rumailah field and keep Bubiyan and Werbah islands; also says that demands that the Palestinian issue be treated separately would not be surmountable
  • 1991-10-31 Palestinians attend US mideast peace talks in Madrid
  • 1991-12-20 A Missouri court sentences the Palestinian militant Zein Isa and his wife Maria to death for the honor killing of their daughter Palestina.
  • 1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway
  • 1994-02-25 Israeli extremist Baruch Goldstein massacres 30 Palestinians in Hebron
  • 1994-04-06 Palestinian suicide bomber kills 7 Israelis & himself
  • 1994-08-24 Israel & PLO initialed accord giving autonomy to Palestinians in West Bank in education, health, taxation, social welfare & tourism
  • 1994-10-19 Palestinian bomb attack on bus in Tel Aviv, kills 22
  • 1995-01-22 Palestinian bomb attack in Beit Lid Israel, 21-22 killed
  • 1995-10-10 Israel begins West Bank pullback, frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 1995-10-26 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Mossad agents assassinate Islamic Jihad leader Fathi Shikaki in his hotel in Malta.


1995-11-06 Israel buries Yitzhak Rabin, assassinated by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir who opposed peace with Palestinians

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
  • 1995-12-21 The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control.
  • 1996-01-10 Israel frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 1996-03-07 The first democratically elected Palestinian parliament formed
  • 1998-08-11 Palestine Liberation Organisation and Palestinian National Authority president, Yasser Arafat, arrives in Cape Town on his first state visit to South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela
  • 1998-10-23 Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.

BeatificationPapal Visit

2000-03-20 Pope John Paul II visits Holy Land - Jordan, Israel, Palestine

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2002-01-03 The Palestinian freighter Karine A is seized by Israeli forces in the Red Sea
  • 2002-04-02 Israeli forces surround the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem into which armed Palestinians had retreated. A siege ensues.
  • 2002-04-12 Palestinian suicide bomber (female) kills 7 and injures 104 (among them 9 Arabs) at the Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem.
  • 2002-05-09 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported
  • 2003-04-14 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the Achille Lauro in 1985
  • 2004-03-22 Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist militant group Hamas, and bodyguards killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache fired Hellfire missiles

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2004-11-11 Yasser Arafat's death through unidentified causes confirmed by Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas elected PLO chairman minutes later.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas
Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat
  • 2005-01-09 Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.
  • 2005-02-08 Leaders of both Palestine and Israel declare a truce in what many hope will be a "new era of peace"
  • 2005-03-16 Israel officially hands over Jericho to Palestinian control.
  • 2009-04-12 President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority makes a courtesy phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, restarting the Palestinian-Israeli dialogue
  • 2012-05-14 1,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons agree to end mass hunger strike
  • 2012-09-02 15 people are killed by a car bomb attack at a refugee camp in Sbeineh, Palestine
  • 2012-11-10 Israeli counter strike on Palestinian militants in Gaza kills 5 and injure 30
  • 2012-11-29 The UN votes to approve Palestine’s status change from an observer to an observer state
  • 2014-06-02 The unity government is sworn into power in Palestine; it agrees to the following: recognition of Israel, compliance to diplomatic agreements, renunciation of violence
  • 2014-07-09 Spokesperson for Medical Aid for Palestinians claims that at least 7 children have been killed by Israeli air strikes
  • 2014-07-11 The UN Security Council calls for a special meeting to discuss the current Israel–Palestinian conflict; Israel continue attacks on Gaza
  • 2014-07-24 Over 10,000 Palestinians protest Israel's operation in Gaza; 2 Palestinians killed after Al-Aqsa Brigades members fire at Israeli forces
  • 2014-07-25 Palestinian officials call for a "Day of Rage" in the West Bank and within Israel against Israel's operation against Gaza; Israeli Defence Force prepares for protests
  • 2014-07-26 While Israel reject long-term ceasefire that does not include destroying the Hamas tunnels, they agree to 12 hour ceasefire; Palestinian death toll in the Gaza Strip now exceeds 1000
  • 2014-08-01 USA and UN announce a 72 hour ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, though it quickly breaks down
  • 2014-08-03 At least 13 Palestinians reported killed in ongoing air raids and tank shelling by Israel
  • 2014-08-10 Israeli and Palestinian officials agree to another 72-hour ceasefire proposed by Egypt
  • 2014-08-13 Israeli and Palestinian cease fire agreed to on August 8 is extended for another 120 hours to provide time for further negotiations
  • 2014-08-19 The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans

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