The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" on 31 May 2010 in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), was carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials, with the intention of breaking the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the Gaza Strip.

While visiting Paris, I accidentally stumbled into a rally condemning this raid.  I could not believe the passion and intensity of the protestors.  The streets filled with thousands of people with Turkish flags, signs and mega phones for blocks and blocks.  While taking pictures many asked me if I represented the press.  They wanted to make sure the world was aware of recent events.