Category: journey

De-colonising the tips – a aged Zionist fighter’s creep 0

De-colonising the tips – a aged Zionist fighter’s creep

Seventy years ago, Tikva Honig-Parnass terminated her university classes, ignoring her parents’ advice, and rushed off to join the Palmach, the elite Jewish military force established in the 1940s to help create a Jewish state in historical Palestine. She was 18. Her unit, the Harel Brigade, played its part in depopulating and destroying Palestinian towns…

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A frigid lumber into Antarctica

From the golden age of polar exploration a century ago to modern day scientific expeditions, the wind-bitten city of Punta Arenas is the Chilean gateway to the Antarctic. The culture and history of this frontier-town are entwined with the Southern Ocean.  In the main square of Plaza Munoz Gamero, a statue of Ferdinand Magellan looks…

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Cypriot kid’s 1974 gallop into the unknown

Nicosia, Cyprus – Nine-year-old Mihalis Mihail had never seen a ship before, let alone been on board one. Yet there he stood, anxious and confused on the deck of The Patra, about to embark on a journey that would change his life forever. The port of Limassol in southern Cyprus stirred with unusual commotion that…

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‘I misplaced two sons’: Tunisians’ scamper by sea to Europe

Ouardia neighbourhood, Tunis – Hamed Rhimi reaches into his coat’s breast pocket and pulls out a see-through plastic pouch, a little larger than the size of his hand. He shuffles through several folded up pieces of paper until he finds what he’s looking for: two official Tunisian identity cards. The country’s flag – red and…