Palestine Belongs To Palestinians

 

 

“Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English or France to the French. It is wrong and inhuman to impose the Jews on the Arabs… Surely it would be a crime against humanity to reduce the proud Arabs so that Palestine can be restored to the Jews partly or wholly as their national home.” —Gandhi, India

“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” —Nelson Mandela, South Africa

Gandhi and Mandela knew well the faces of imperialism and colonialism. In the above statements, they told us the truth about Palestine. Our problems of today is rooted to imperial projects and militarism. Thus, this is jeopardising our world peace, the harmony to live together and the rule of law.

For the past 70 years, the Palestinians have been killed, jailed and misplaced so their own land can house the Jews of Eastern and Western Europe. That is morally wrong!

I condemn imperialism. Palestine belongs to the Palestinians! In the same way that Estonia belongs to the Estonians!

Palestinians are facing what the Estonians of the past centuries had been facing—brutality and occupation! Estonian writer Mati Unt chronicled about the killings of Palestinians in his book, The Ball of Autumn.

Estonian government is on the wrong side of history.

We have forgotten the Estonian history.

 

 

 

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Travel, Set Out & Head For Pastures New

“Travel! Set out and head for pastures new,

Life tastes the richer when you’ve road-worn feet,

No water that stagnates is fit to drink,

For only that which flows is truly sweet,

No lion that spurned the hunt could catch its prey,

No arrow unreleased could earn a score,

A sun that hung immobile in the sky,

Would soon become a universal bore,

Sandal is mere firewood in its native grove,

Gold is but dust, unmined within the lode,

Things that are stationary have little worth,

They only gain their value on the road.”

                                                           — Great Imam, the Quraishi mujtahid

In Islam, travelling is as a way to get to know well the Creator and find one’s own path: a movement of a physical body that signifies the migration of the spiritual soul from a lower ground to a higher height.

Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Idrisi (pictured below) is the traveller, geographer who put Tallinn, Estonia on the world map! He came here in 1154 and wrote a book about his travels. 

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I write this to reach out to people who want to understand other cultures. I encourage you to travel to Africa and Muslims and gain sufficient knowledge. Today we need to understand each other more than ever before! We have more similarities than difference. Don’t let the differences stop you. Remain human!

 

Travel As University!

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”― Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah

 

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Tallinn.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Estonia & Finland

Estonians and Finns people are brothers. They belong to a tribe called Finno-Ugrian. Their languages are similar. For example,

Minä olen Estonian
Minä olen Finnish
Nainen Estonian
Nainen Finnish

Having said that, there are differences in languages and people’s appearance. Take females: Estonian females have distinct looks than Finnish females.

Why write this?

Estonian flag Eesti lipp is waving in support of Finland. Today marks the 100th of  Finnish independence. Finland was ruled by Russian empire. It was the Bolshevik Revolution that freed the country from Tsar, incidentally, Russia’s Tsar (of 300) came to an end a few months earlier – October 1917 when the Revolution broke-out. DSC_1099

The Art Of Travelling

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”Augustine of Hippo

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”Marcel Proust

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” Gustave Flaubert

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” Ralph Waldo Emerson,

“We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.”— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation- a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from any Here. They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something. I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every states I visited. Nearly every American hungers to move.”—John Stenibeck 

 

Do you travel to escape away from your lifestyle? Do you travel to learn something about the human heart? If yes, do you talk to “strangers”? Do you travel alone? Do you explore unknown and interesting places? Do you learn the local language? Do you take away from one important life lesson? Does travelling make you a better person?

Most travellers are happier when they are at the airport. And least happier when returning. Most travellers visit the museums of the country they visit even though they’ve never been to the one in their city or town! 

My latest trip from Tallinn To Helsinki, I met dozens of those people who use ‘travelling’ as a means to be happy!

It shouldn’t be that way. Travelling should be a time of reflection and education. At least that is how I see it. 

Duration: 2 hours

Price: €29 (a return ticket)

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Tallinn port.
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The Silja Tallink.
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Tallinn Seaport (Old Town background.)
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Chinese and Koreans love Nordic Countries! Do you know why?
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Somewhere between Tallinn and Helsinki (Finnish Gulf).
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Helsinki Seaport.
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Outside of the terminal 2, Helsinki.
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Helsinki Central Train Station.

Why Travel?

Travelling is about the attainment of innermost vision. It is about discovering oneself. It’s about understanding the human heart. It’s about the human imagination. 

Throughout history travellers and adventurers have pushed boundaries. They’ve exchanged ideas and knowledge and thus changed their cultures. For example, it was the crusaders who brought back the idea of house of studies – university from the Muslim World. University education is still regarded highly. It was Sparta which taught the world the art of militarism which shapes our world today.  

Travelling challenges the national myths people tell themselves about themselves which aren’t in agreement with reality. Essentially, travelling is about facing our own mortality and the way to face truth. 

Travel alone

It forces you to come out of your comfort zone. You are free to go wherever you want to go. Observe. You’ll have the time to talk to other people. 

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Gambian man and Finns woman (married couple).

I met them at Viru Shopping centre in Tallinn. They were from Helsinki and came to Tallinn to buy a car. It is cheaper, the gentleman told me.

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Russian.

This lady was from St. Petersburg, Russia. She was with her husband, left. We had a quick chat in Old Town.

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Kira.

Kira is a Japanese young woman who was studying English language at Tallinn Uni (summer school.) I met her in the City centre on raining Friday. 

 

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Teachers from Turkey.

I encountered them in Old Town. When I spoke in Turkish with the gentleman on the right, he was shocked. The photo was taken in front of the Town Hall.

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Russian Orthodox Church in Old Town.
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Japanese woman.

I had a conversation with that Japanese woman in Pikk Street. She came to Estonia to volunteer by teaching English.

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Finnish sisters.

Soon the Japanese woman departed from my table, the woman in the glasses, who were standing next to me, started talking in my mother language! They were waiting for a taxi to go back home, Finland. 

 

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Toomp.

 

Helsinki, Finland

Benefits of Travel.

There is no rest in residence for a person of culture and intellect, so travel and leave where you’re residing! Travel! You will find a replacement for what you have left. And strive! The sweetness of life is in striving! I’ve seen that water stagnates if still becomes pure if it runs, but not if it doesn’t flow. If the lion doesn’t leave his den he cannot hunt, and the arrow will not strike without leaving its bow. If the sun stood still in its heavenly course. Then people, Arab and non-Arab, it would bore. Gold dust is as the earth where commonly found, and in its land, oud (perfume) is but another wood in store. If one travels, he or she becomes sought out. If one travels , s/he is honoured like gold. — Imam Shafici

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Central Train Station.
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City Centre.
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Junailijankuja, Pasila.
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Train commuter.
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Cabaas.
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Outside Kamppi Shopping Centre.
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Chinese and South Koreans love Nordic Countries. (Kamppi Centre).
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Shop.
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Finns don’t smile.(Don’t stereotype folks)! I learnt that from psychologists, sociologists and journalists.
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Kamppi Helsinki.

Tallinn to Helsinki 2 hours by cruise. Return ticket: €30 – 40. 

Helsinki is a busy City. Cold and wet. Its people are reserved and quiet. In order to find your way around, you have to speak up. 

Business opportunity? Marketing and travel agencies, customer service, business events, restaurants and so on.

[Tallinn] At Night

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Church minaret.
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Town Hall.
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Town Hall Square.
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Tammsaare Park.
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Pikk Street, Old Town.
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Old Town, Tallinn.
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Town Hall Market.

Business opportunity? Tallinn is the City to be.

Want to experience of the Middle Ages? Tallinn.

Tight travel budget? Tallinn. You can modestly travel to Riga, Latvia; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia.

Foods? Salad, cheese, the best bread ever, milk, fish and Kama – the traditional meal.

7 Good Things About [Tallinn]

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Tartu Street
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City Centre
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Florist shops [behind]
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Venus Night Club
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Viru Street [gateway to Old Town]

Tallinn is a lively City. It is not because its people are friendly and charming, although some Estonians are. The City is beautiful and you will meet travellers walking round in Old Town. Most of those travellers are from Finland—mainly elderly and a few young folks; Britons —mainly males; Russians— women and men, Japanese—women, Chinese—families, Filipinos—sailers. 

  1. Location. One can travel to Finland, Sweden, Russia and Latvia under 5 hours.
  2. Females. Estonian females are gorgeous. They are intelligent. They are traditional. They are receptive. And most of them are in tallinn!
  3. Business. It is easy to start a business in Estonia than most countries I’ve travelled to.
  4. Medieval City. In Old Town, travellers can experience life of the Middle Ages in Estonia by walking around the narrow alleyways and looking at the unique and beautiful buildings of that era.
  5. Peaceful. It is a quiet City. Apart from when you meet Finns, Britons, Russians and South Asian folks who talk loud. The natives are quiet and polite in public places.
  6. Transport. The tram and bus fare is only € 1 or 2. It is free for Tallinn residents.
  7. Nature. Estonia is blessed with variety of landscapes; rivers, lakes, waterfalls, islands, and forests. You can travel to nearby nature attractions.

Conclusion:

I advise you travel (come is the right word. I prefer the former) to Estonia. For business, adventure, experience and so on. Pirita and Old Town are two favourites in Tallinn. Pirita is peaceful and Old Town is historic.