Medical and construction supplies, food, water filtration equipment, in addition to supporters from abroad sailed toward Gaza (a tiny strip of land controlled and blockaded by Israel but inhabited by Palestinians) in attempts to provide relief, or rather…sustenance. (…because even these flotillas would not have been able to relieve the suffering in the occupied Palestinian territories). The humanitarian flotillas that headed for Gaza had announced their purpose months in advance, asserted their non-violent intent, and even waved a white flag, signaling peace and surrender.
Previous to any contact, Israel opposed the flotillas, vowing to block any of them from reaching the Palestinian coast. Bringing aid to Gaza by boat, and not through Israel, asserts the right of international organization to give humanitarian aid directly to the Palestinian people.