The latest attempt to break the Gaza blockade failed when the Finnish-flagged ship Estelle was surrounded by the Israeli navy today and boarded without incident. Israeli sailors took control of the ship and piloted it to Ashdod, where the passengers and crew — progressive activists from Canada, Europe, and Israel — will be dealt with by the Israeli immigration authorities. There were no violent confrontations or injuries.
In other news, activists from the French nationalist group Génération Identitaire entered and occupied the partially completed Great Mosque in Poitiers, the city where the Islamic invaders of France were defeated by Charles Martel in the 8th century. The demonstrators were protesting the Islamization of France, and demanded a referendum on French immigration policies.
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