Green MP Marama Davidson given emotional haka on arrival home following detention in Israel

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Green MP Marama Davison has been given a warm welcome on her arrival back in New Zealand, having been detained in Israel while part of a protest flotilla.

Davison was detained by authorities after joining the Women's Peace Flotilla, which aimed to highlight Gaza's humanitarian crisis.
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Ms Davidson was one of 13 women who were on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea heading to Gaza, to protest Israel's blockade of the territory.

The crew on board included Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace laureate from Northern Ireland, Fauziah Hasan, a doctor from Malaysia, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

After their boat was stopped by the Israeli Navy, they were held in a prison cell for a night before being deported.

On arrival at Auckland Airport this morning, Ms Davidson said she was humbled by her welcome home.

"It's been a privilege and honour to do this work, to stand for peace for both Israel and Palestine, and I am incredibly humbled for the support back here in Aotearoa for the voices of women against all forms of violence and all forms of oppression," she told waiting media.

She said the women had been treated well by Israeli authorities, despite being "taken against their will". 

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