2015 in the State of Palestine

Events in the year 2015 in the State of Palestine.


State of Palestine (UN observer non-member State)

Gaza Strip (Hamas administration unrecognized by the United Nations)


  • January 1 - The Palestinian Authority signs a treaty to join and participate in the International Criminal Court.[1]
  • January 25 - Palestinian Authority Preventative Security officers arrest Bara al-Qadi, a 22-year-old undergraduate student at Birzeit University, for a social media post criticising Minister for Sport Jibril Rajoub.[2] The arrest prompted criticism from Amnesty International.[3]
  • June 10 - Izz al-Din Walid Bani Gharra (21) was killed by an Israeli Border Policeman during a raid on the Jenin Refugee Camp in a search-and-arrest operation and shot him in the chest. The incident occurred as the troops were withdrawing. According to Israeli reports he was shot dead while he was trying to throw an improvised explosive device.[4]
  • July 31 - Duma arson attack: two family homes in Duma, a Palestinian village in the West Bank, were firebombed by masked attackers. 18-month-old Ali Sa'ad Dawabsheh was burnt to death; his parents and 4-year-old brother were critically injured and rushed to Israeli hospitals, where both parents later died of their burns.[5][6][7]
  • September 9 - Israel outlawed two grassroots Palestinian Islamist groups, "Mourabitoon" and "Mourabitaat", involved in aggressive protests at Temple Mount against stepped-up visits by religious Jews.[8] This escalated tensions over the status of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, leading to an increase in violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • September 10 - By a vote of 119 to 8, the United Nations General Assembly adopts a motion to fly the flag of United Nations General Assembly observers, presently including Palestine and the Holy See, at the UN Headquarters and offices.[9]
  • September 13 - Israeli police raided the plaza outside al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount, with witnesses reporting that the police used rubber bullets and tear gas, and chained the doors of the mosque shut.[10] There were numerous clashes around the site in the following days between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors.[11]
  • September 22 - Palestinian woman Hadeel al-Hashlamon was killed at a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron while on her way to school.[12] In the following weeks, Hebron became a centre of violent incidents and protests.[13]
  • October 1 - Killing of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin, making the start of an escalation in lone wolf attacks by Palestinians on Israelis dubbed the "Wave of Terror" by the Israeli media.[14]
  • November 30 - The two Israeli minors involved in the kidnapping and murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir were found guilty of murder by the Jerusalem district court.[15]
  • December 16 - Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem releases a report listing twelve incidents in which Israeli soldiers and other security forces allegedly used excessive force against Palestinians, by shooting the assailants or suspected assailants even after they no longer posed any danger.[16] B'Tselem accused Prime Minister Netanyahu of overseeing a "new pseudo-normative reality" in which a "shoot to kill" approach should always be adopted by police officers or armed civilians regarding suspected Palestinian assailants.[17]


  1. ^ "Palestinians Sign Treaty to Join International Criminal Court". WSJ. 1 January 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. ^ Strickland, Patrick (29 January 2015). "Palestinian Authority arrests student for lampooning sports official on Facebook". Electronic Intifada. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Palestine (State of) 2015/2016". Amnesty International. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  4. ^ 'Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Jenin camp', Ma'an News Agency 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ of slain Palestinian infant dies from his wounds,' Ma'an News Agency 8 August 2015.
  6. ^ Khoury, Jack (1 August 2012). "Family of Slain Palestinian Infant Clings to Life, Clashes in West Bank". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  7. ^ West Bank arson: Dead Palestinian child's father dies of wounds, BBC
  8. ^ Hadid, Diaa (2015-04-16). "Palestinian Women Join Effort to Keep Jews From Contested Holy Site". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
  9. ^ "State of Palestine Flag to Fly at United Nations Headquarters, Offices as General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Non-Member Observer States". United Nations. 10 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa compound, assault worshippers". Ma'an News Agency. 13 September 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
  11. ^ 'Abbas: Blood of ‘martyrs’ spilled on Temple Mount is ‘pure’,' The Times of Israel 17 September 201\5.
  12. ^ "PA calls for UN investigation into killing of Hebron teen". Maan. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  13. ^ Booth, William (7 November 2015). "Hebron becomes the center of Palestinian violence". Washington Post. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Analysis: What is the diplomatic goal of the current Palestinian terror wave?". The Jerusalem Post. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Israel convicts two Jewish minors for murder of Palestinian youth Mohammed Abu Khdeir". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  16. ^ "Unjustified use of lethal force and execution of Palestinians who stabbed or were suspected of attempted stabbings". B'Tselem. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  17. ^ "UB'Tselem to PM: Your silence permits street executions". B'Tselem. Retrieved 6 January 2016.

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