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The Flotillas
In May 2011, anti-Israel extremists and Turkish jihadists organized a flotilla of boats to violate Israel’s naval blockade of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The Israeli Navy redirected five of the boats to the Israeli port of Ashdod without incident. However, those on the sixth boat refused to cooperate, and when Israeli officers boarded the ship, the Turkish jihadists brutally attacked them with knives, metal bars, and guns. Nine jihadists were killed. In 2012, those same anti-Israel extremists waged another international flotilla battalion, on which they set sail in June with an estimated 10 to 15 ships with 1,000 to 4,000 passengers from 32 countries, purportedly to bring humanitarian goods to Gaza. International leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and leaders of the European Union, urged the organizers to cancel the flotilla to no avail.

As part of StandWithUs’ efforts to counter the misinformation associated with the flotillas, web and print material (flyers, fact sheets, signs, etc.) were produced along with a dedicated website ( and a set of videos chronicling the history and activity of the flotilla activists. The site is available in 17 different languages.

You can find more information on the flotillas at

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Read about 10 quick flotilla facts:

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