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`Peace ship' MP will soon be home

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/10/2016

Green Party MP Marama Davidson will soon be home after being detained by Israeli authorities.

The "peace ship" she was on was intercepted off Gaza as it tried to breach Israel's blockade, and was taken to the port city of Ashdod.

"We are relieved to hear that Marama is well and that she received no ill-treatment during her arrest and detention in Israel," Greens' co-leader Metiria Turei said on Friday.

"She is expected to be deported from Israel imminently, she is likely to arrive at Auckland airport about 8am on Saturday."

Ms Davidson was detained along with about 15 other passengers when she ship was intercepted.

The same thing has happened to previous "peace flotillas" organised by pro-Palestinian movements.

Ms Davidson released a pre-recorded message about her plight, which has been widely published.

Cabinet minister Judith Collins has no sympathy for her.

"Give us a break, for God's sake - when I saw her standing there saying `if you see this we have been taken' I thought `beam me up, Scotty'," she said on Newshub's Paul Henry Show on Friday.

"For goodness sake, she's paid to do a job here and this is a stunt.

"Give her points for being able to get huge media attention, but this is a stunt."

Labour MP Phil Twyford, on the same show, said Ms Davidson's protest was justified.

The Greens have pointed out that on September 21, the eve of Ms Davidson's departure, parliament approved a motion supporting the peace ship trip.

It was moved by Ms Davidson's colleague Catherine Delahunty and said: "This House expresses its support for the Women's Peace Boat to Gaza and the International Coalition of Women on that boat, including New Zealand Member of Parliament Marama Davideson."

There was no debate or dissent.

Prime Minister John Key, who wasn't there at the time, has said MFAT advised Ms Davidson not to go and the situation is a "less than perfect" look for New Zealand.

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