Israel / Palestine Timeline
[Target for completion is 12/31/2026]

There have been Israeli and Palestinian issues for many years with difficult and disastrous results for both sides. Complicating those issues there are various Palestinian factions and various Israeli factions sometimes at odds with one another.

Trying to set politics aside, we decided to build a timeline of historical events seemingly related to the Israeli / Palestinian issues.

Column A shows the date of an event and source with link. Column B briefly summarizes the event. 

Methodology (click here)

Israel – Palestine Timeline

A.B.C.D.E.
Event Date(s)EventJewish / Israeli DeathsPalestinian DeathsNon-Israeli / Non-Palestinian / Unknown Nationality Deaths
18/29/1897
[ajc.org, 3-30-24]
“The Zionist movement, founded by Theodor Herzl and other leaders, advocated for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine … The First Zionist Congress was held in 1897 in Basel, Switzerland, where Herzl and other prominent figures in the Zioniat movement discussed and debated their vision for the establishment of a Jewish state.”
211/2/1917
[Aljazeera.com 3-30-24]
“The Balfour Declaration, which resulted in a significant upheaval in the lives of Palestinians, was issued on November 2, 1917.The declaration turned the Zionist aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine into a reality when Britain publicly pledged to establish ‘a national home for the Jewish people’ … The pledge is generally viewed as one of the main catalysts of the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 – and the conflict that ensued with the Zionist state of Israel.”
312/1/1920
[ungeneva.org 3-30-24]
“The League of Nations (1920 – 1946) was the first intergovernmental organization established ‘to promote international cooperation and to achieve international peace and security.’ It is often referred to as the ‘predecessor’ of the United Nations. Its founding document – the Covenant of the League of Nations – was drafted during the peace negotiations at the end of the First World War. It was composed of 26 articles, and covered many aspects of the organization, such as the conditions for membership, the functions of the principal organs, the mechanisms for a peaceful settlement of international disputes, and the obligations of the Member States. The Covenant also contained the main principles on which the League was built.”
46/20/1920
[justvision.org 3-30-24]
“Haganah, (Hebrew for ‘defense’) is a Zionist paramilitary group formed in 1920 with the expressed goal of defending the growing Jewish population in British mandate Palestine against attacks by Arab residents. The group later became part of the Jewish resistance against the British presence. In addition to its paramilitary activities, the Haganah actively established new Jewish settlements in and supported illegal Jewish immigration to Palestine.”
58/22/1929
[jewishvirtuallibrary.org/]
A reported fight over prayer service on the Temple Mount ended with the deaths of three Jews and three Arabs303
68/23/1929
[jstor.org]
On 8/23/1929, Arab members of Hebron massacred 67 of the community of Jews, and riots continued until 8/29/19291330116
76/17/1930
[jewishvirtuallibrary.org]
Three Arabs convicted in the Hebron Massacre were put to death003
45/14/1948
[warsawinstitute.org]
On 5/14/1948, Israel declared its independence. David Ben-Gurion was appointed Prime Minister.
55/15/1948
[encyclopedia.com]
On 5/15/1948, the Arab armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon invaded Israel. Numbers vary on the deaths on each side, as well as the end dates including 7/20/1949, but over 4,500 Israeli soldiers and 2,000 civilians were killed, and approx. 13,000 Palestinians died in the conflict.6,000 plus13,000 approx.0
8/28/1953
[cjpme.org]
Israeli attack led by Ariel Sharon’s military unit led to the death of approximately 50 civilians in the Al-Bureij refugee camp050 approx.0
12/16/1953
[un.org]
Jordanians killed two Israeli soldiers on patrol in the Beit Govrin area100
1/27/1954
[un.org]
A member of the Jordanian irregular forces killed an Israeli policeman near Beit Kika100
1/27/1954
[un.org]
Jordanian forces killed a member of an Israel police patrol near Lifta on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem100
2/14/1954
[un.org]
Jordanian forces killed an Israeli villager on watch duty at Mahassia near Hartuv in Jerusalem100
3/7/1954
[un.org]
An Arab Legion attack on an Israel border patrol led to the death of an Israeli guard, and the Jordanian government was considered responsible100
3/10/1954
[un.org]
A Jordanian mine killed an Israeli soldier, injured three others, in a vehicle they were riding in near Beit Govrin
3/15/1954
Jordanians killed an Israeli bedouin in his tent near Shuval in the northern Negev on the road to Beersheba100
3/17/1954
[un.org]
Arab gunmen shot and killed 11 Israelis on a bus from Elath to Beersheba near the Scorpion Pass in the Negev Desert of Israel100
3/26/1954
[un.org]
Jordanians killed a village watchman in Kissalon100