The flotilla is just one example. After the Nakba Day border crossings by Syrians and Lebanese people, there is a growing movement to undertake further breaches of Israel's borders on June 5, the anniversary of al-Naksah ("The Setback"), better known in the West as the Six Day War. There has been little to no public outcry against the clear breaches of Israel's sovereignty and little has been done in the UN or any other organization despite clear evidence that the Syrian government ordered the invasions. Moreover, there was substantial public outcry when it was believed that the IDF had killed several invaders, but when it was determined that the Lebanese army had killed the invaders, all public outcry suddenly ceased.
Of course, none of this is very new. What I find most interesting about the "freedom Flotillas" is who is on them and who is not. The majority of the participants are Europeans, Americans and Turks, virtually none are Arabs. Indeed, for all their powerful rhetoric, Arab states have never provided the Palestinians with much aid or material support. Indeed, Jordan and Egypt stifled the Palestinian nationalism and provided minimal support. After Black September in Jordan, the Jordanian government rhetorically backed the PLO's actions against Israel while refusing to provide significant military support, especially since they knew full well how dangerous Palestinian nationalism could be.
The need for "freedom Flotillas" arises primarily from the fact that the Palestinians' "Arab brothers" have historically been unwilling to provide Palestinian nationalists with significant financial or material support, primarily because keeping the Palestinians destitute and poor is crucial for undermining Israel internationally. Moreover, keeping the Palestinians in refugee camps and not integrated into Lebanese or Jordanian society has been crucial because a large "displaced" population is crucial when making proclamations about the large number of refugees that the Israelis have displaced. In order to create a stronger case for a larger Palestinian state that takes away more Israeli territory, it is critical to maintain a large and separated Palestinian "society." In comparison to most other conflicts, it is essentially inconceivable for a refugee population to remain for so many years. There has been a concerted effort to keep the Palestinians from being absorbed into the many other Arab states because retaining the Palestinian national cause is considered to be a prime way to attack Israel and take territory from it. The moment the Palestinians become part of another country in a permanent way, they will likely lose their strong international support for a state. After the failed attempts to conquer Israel in 1948, 1967 and 1973, advancing the Palestinian national cause was considered the best way to attack Israel.
The rhetorical support for the Palestinian cause has been only part of the story. The Arabs have had their work simplified because many Western states and people in the West have taken up the Palestinian cause, biting hard on the Palestinian victimization narrative. Financial support from the U.S. and Western Europe for the Palestinian Authority, the successor to Yasser Arafat's PLO, has been forthcoming for decades. NGOs and other groups have taken very direct actions to support both the PA and Hamas, despite Hamas' explicit desires to destroy Israel militarily. Indeed, the Arab states who oppose Israel's existence don't even have to put their money where their mouth is because Western states spend billions funding Palestinians, who continue to oppose Israel's existence as a Jewish state and seek liberation of Palestine "from the river to the sea."
Whatever happens during the forthcoming aid flotillas, it is a good idea to ask why the Arab states are not participating and why leading Arab states like Saudi Arabia and Egypt (until the 2011 revolution) have not expended substantial sums to aid the Palestinians and why nations like Lebanon and Jordan have refused to integrate their Palestinian refugees into society. While Europeans and Americans who blindly believe the Palestinian narrative try to provoke confrontation with the IDF and harm Israel any way they can, the Arab states sit back and watch the West finance their ambitions to destroy Israel.