By Jonathan F. Vance
An A-Z reference advisor that offers a necessary evaluate of the historical past of prisoners of conflict and interned civilians, from earliest occasions to the current.
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In 1993 Arafat formally recognized, for the ﬁrst time, Israel’s right to exist as an independent nation, paving the way for negotiations leading to an Israel–PLO accord. The accord envisioned a phrased ﬁve-year withdrawal of Israeli occupation from portions of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, leading to Palestinian self-rule by the Palestinian Authority in 1994. As the ﬁrst president of the Palestinian Authority, Arafat presided over the nation-building efforts of Palestinians beginning in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
ANSCHLUSS Refers to the union of Germany and Austria in 1938. After World War I, the German portion of the collapsed Austro-Hungarian Empire wanted to join Germany. But the victorious Allies in the treaties of Versailles and St. Germain forbade this. There was agitation for unity in Austria during the 1920s, and Germany supported this when an Austrian, Adolf Hitler, became German chancellor in 1933. In February 1938 Hitler requested a meeting with Austria’s Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg at Berchtesgaden to demand concessions for Austrian Nazis.
The present practical limitations of Arab nationalism can perhaps be illustrated by the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990. An Arab nationalist, Saddam Hussein tried to deﬂect criticism in the Middle East by portraying the conquest as a blow against Israel, promising to use Kuwaiti oil revenues to support the Palestinians. This won him support among Palestinians but few others. He then tried to cloak himself in Islam by, among other things, adding the phrase Allahu Akbar (God is Great) to the Iraqi ﬂag.