First there was a loud bang. Suddenly the conflict in Gaza was very close. The night sky flashed brightly as the passengers of the Aida Diva watched rocket debris falling on the deck of their cruise ship. That night, the passengers traveling with the Rostock shipping company witnessed the conflict escalate between Israel and the Palestinians.

On-the-ground reporting by European news outlets gave a firsthand account of the rise in tensions. Insights and features mostly came from the cultivated people of France. The people that once powered the enlightenment in Europe with liberal discussions in coffee-shops and indeed, nude pictures of royalty among the bourgeoisie, last week debated in social media where indicatively, strong imagery was just as popular as textual afterthought.

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