16 Oct 2016

Green MP proud of Gaza aid protest

10:18 am on 16 October 2016

Marama Davidson is proud of her protest on board a boat trying to reach Gaza, despite being criticised by the Prime Minister.

The Zaytouna-Oliva at Barcelona, Spain, where it set off for Gaza last month.

The Zaytouna-Oliva berthed in Barcelona, Spain, from where it set off for Gaza last month. Photo: AFP

The Green Party MP was with 12 women, including two other parliamentarians, on the Women's Boat to Gaza when it was intercepted by Israeli defence forces earlier this month.

The international activists on the Women's Boat to Gaza aimed to peacefully protest at Israel's decade-long blockade of the tiny enclave and draw attention to the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Israeli military personnel boarded the Zaytouna-Oliva which had set sail from Barcelona last month, Reuters reported. A military spokeswoman said no force was required to stop the vessel.

Prime Minister John Key described her detention as a "less than perfect look" for a New Zealand Member of Parliament.

Ms Davidson has told TV3's The Hui she was not surprised by Mr Key's response.

"Whenever he has his failure outlined to uphold human rights, he has to try and distract away from that.

She said she was very proud of the people who were on the boat, including 72-year-old Mairead Maguire who was a Nobel peace laureate.

Ms Davidson said she remained committed to highlighting the plight of women and children in Gaza.

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