Abd al-Qadir al-Husayni was killed during hand-to-hand fighting for control of Qastal Hill overlooking the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem road, on 8 April 1948. His forces had captured Qastal from the Haganah, who had occupied the village at the start of Operation Nachshon six days earlier with a force of about 100 men. The Jewish forces retreated to the Jewish settlement of Motza. Palmach troops recaptured the village on the night of 8-9 April; most of the houses were blown up and the hill became a command post. Huseyni's death was a factor in the loss of morale among his forces.
The Jerusalem area neighbourhood of Mevaseret Zion is located on the former lands on Al-Qastal.