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Until Return - Issue 1

Important Dates in Palestinian Arab History
Compiled by: Zahi Damuni and Nader Abuljebain
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition

The following is a compilation of important dates and events in Palestinian Arab History for the month of October. For entire year, please see this page.


  • October 14: Qibya Day
  • October 24: U.N. Day
  • October 26: Kufur Qasem Day
  • 1927 A conciliation conference was held between the Executive Committee and the Opposition in Wadi Hnin.
  • 1928 First attempt by some Zionist religious leaders to change “status quo” at Wailing Wall as a part of the Arab Quarter.
  • 1929 October 16 Jerusalem - First Arab Palestinian Women Union in Palestine founded at the First Arab Palestinian Women conference. Zalikha Al Shihabi elected as President.
  • 1930 Clashes erupted in Jaffa and spread to Jerusalem as reaction to huge influx of immigrants. British kill and injure many Palestinians. Musa Kazim Al Husseini injured. Died 5 months later due to injury.
  • 1944 October 16 - A confidential report submitted to the Haganah and Jewish Agency by Roberto Bachi, an expert in demography.  Bachi proposes Arab ‘transfer’ to ensure ‘Jewish majority’.
  • 1948 October 1 A conference is held in Amman on the orders of King Abdullah in opposition to the Gaza conference to nullify its legitimacy of representing Palestinians. The Amman conference lasts for 2 hours and delegates to King Abdullah the authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people.
  • 1948 October 14 UN Security Council resolution calls for withdrawal of forces to positions occupied prior to October 14, and the establishment of permanent truce lines.
  • 1948 October 14 The siege of Falujah begins, the town where Jamal Abdel Naser and his comrades were resisting steadfastly.
  • 1948 October 19 UNSC resolution #59 notes with concern Israel’s failure to report on the assassination of Count Bernadotte the U.N. mediator.
  • 1948 October 21 The fall of Beir Al Sabe (Beersheba).
  • 1948 Zionist massacers at Beir Al Sabe (October 21), Safsaf, Al Dawayima, Eilaboun, Jish, and Majd al Kurum (October 29), Arab al Samniyya, Saliha, and Sa’sa’ (October 30), Houla in Lebanon, Ba’na, and Dayr Al Asad (October 31).
  • 1948 October 31 Villages of Iqret and Kufur Baraam occupied.
  • 1953 October 15 Israeli forces raid Palestinian West Bank village of Qibya near Hebron, massacring 53 Palestinian civilians.
  • 1956 October 10 Qalqilia massacre.
  • 1956 October 29 Israel massacres 49 Palestinians in the Village of Kufur Qasem.
  • 1956 October 30 Israel expells the villagers of Al Baqara and Al Ghanama to Syria.
  • 1956 October 29 Second Arab-Israeli war (The Tripartite Aggression) often known as Suez crisis. After the nationalization of Suez Canal Company, Israel with Britain and France attack Egypt. Israel occupies Gaza Strip (under Egyptian administration since 1949) and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Israel subsequently withdraws on March 8 1957.
  • 1973 October 6 Egypt and Syria attempt to liberate territories Israel occupied 1967.
  • 1985 October 1 Israeli raid on PLO Head Quarters in Tunis
  • 1985 October 4 UNSC resolution #573 condemning the Israeli attack. US abstains.
  • 1990 October 8 Al Haram Al-Sharif massacre. 21 Palestinians killed, 150 wounded by Israeli forces when Palestinians protest at “Temple Mt Faithful” Jewish group who attempt to place a cornerstone for the construction of the “3rd Temple”. UNSC condemns Violence of Israeli security forces in 2 resolutions #672 on October 12, and # 673 on October 24. Latter deplored Israel’s refusal to cooperate with the U.N.
  • 1991 October 9 Hundreds of Jewish settlers invade Silwan, on outskirts of East Jerusalem, and occupy 8 Palestinian homes.
  • 1991 October 10 Palestinian negotiators Faisal Husseini, Hanan Ashrawi, Zakariya al-Agha, Sari Nusseibeh meet Secretary of State Baker in Washington to discuss Palestinian participation in proposed peace conference.
  • 1991 October 19 Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini submits list of 14 Palestinian delegates to peace conference to US consul in Jerusalem.
  • 1991 October 23 Members of the Jewish Ateret Cohanim Seminary move into a house in the Muslim quarter of East Jerusalem.
  • 1991 October 30 U.S. initiates International Peace Conference in Madrid, Spain. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and PLO delegation under Jordanian umbrella attend the conference. Russia and U.S. are co-chairs.
  • 1994 October 26 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein sign a Peace Treaty between Jordan and Israel.
  • 2002 October 7 Israeli attacks Khan Yunis.
  • 2003 October 8 U.S. vetoes UNSC resolution on condemning Israeli air raid on Damascus suburbs.
  • 2003 October 14 U.S. vetoes UNSC resolution condemning Israel for building an annexation/apartheid wall on Palestinian lands.
  • 2005 Israeli troops committ horrific massacres in Gaza and the Refugee Camps (October, November).

Sources of information included: Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, Nizar Sakhnini, http://,,,, and


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