Palestinian History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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.

Agreement of Interest

1993-09-13 Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway, signed by Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Shimon Peres and PLO official Mahmoud Abbas

  • 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

  • 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 Organization 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.

Papal Visit

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

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