Storified by The Stream · Wed, Oct 26 2011 21:59:44
Tweeting with #flotilla2, and blogging as they depart, hundreds of activists are planning to set sail to Gaza in hopes of ending the Israeli blockade.
This event is a repeat of a flotilla that attempted to break the Israeli blockade a year ago, when a Turkish ship named the Mavi Marmara was stormed by Israeli commandos and nine Turkish activists were killed, sparking an international incident. This time around, however, the Mavi Marmara will not be participating in this flotilla. Officials claimed the ship has been facing technical difficulties.
Activists aboard the U.S. envoy have created videos expressing their desire to enter Gaza. The clips have been featured on the site www.ustogaza.org.
The U.S.'s involvement has been met with much criticism and is now in the center of a legal debate. Dr. Alan Bauer recently filed a lawsuit to seize ships headed to the Gaza Strip.
Several sources are speculating that the Freedom Flotilla 2 will be met with confrontation as the Israeli Army has been practicing drills ahead of the boats' arrival.
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