At its height, this year’s flotilla of boats organized to break through the Israeli blockade of Gaza and deliver aid included dozens of ships and thousands of activists from countries all over Europe and the United States.
By the time it arrived off the coast of Gaza, however, it had been reduced to a single French ship carrying 16 people. It was easily intercepted by the Israeli Navy and towed back out to sea.
It was an anticlimatic end to say the least. The first year the flotilla sailed, it ended in a shootout between Israeli commandos and passengers of the now fabled Mavi Marmara that left nine Turkish activists dead and sparked a diplomatic scuttlebutt between Turkey and Israel that has only just begun to repair itself.
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