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Israeli navy illegally detains Green Party MP Marama Davidson, 12 other women

Posted by te2ataria on October 6, 2016

Israel must release Green MP and peace activists

Israeli navy has illegally boarded a boat carrying 13 female activists, including Green MP Marama Davidson and Irish Nobel peace prize laureate Mairead Maguire.

Leader of Greens NZ Metiria Turei MP said on Thursday:

The Green Party is calling on Israel to swiftly release Green MP Marama Davidson and other members of the Women’s Peace Flotilla who have been intercepted in international waters off the coast of Gaza.

Green Party MP Marama Davidson joined the women’s peace boat in late September to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the Green Party said.

Davidson left New Zealand in September to join 12 others in the Women’s Peace Flotilla, intended to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

An Israeli naval ship has illegally intercepted the boat in international waters, forcing it off course, according to reports.

“Early this morning all contact with the Zaytouna-Oliva was lost and the Israeli Occupation Navy has illegally surrounded it in international waters.”

The boat was “redirected by the Israeli Navy in order to prevent a breach of the lawful maritime blockade”, the Israeli military has said in a statement.

In 2010, Israeli commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara, the flagship of a flotilla of vessels crewed by peace activists, murdering at least ten civilians including nine Turks and an American, and injuring more than 50 others.

Green Party co-leader: Release Davidson, End the Illegal  Gaza Blockade

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the Israelis must release Davidson and the rest of the crew immediately, and end the illegal blockade of Gaza.

“This inhumane blockade has been in place for a decade, resulting in plummeting living standards and health services, high unemployment, and severe food insecurity for the people of Gaza.

“More aid is urgently needed to help rebuild the homes, public services and livelihoods that were destroyed in 2014 in the war between Israel and Hamas.”

“Women around the world bear a disproportionate burden in caring for people and keeping communities together in times of hardship, and the women of Palestine are no different.”

Green Party MP Marama Davidson joined the women’s peace boat in late September to highlight the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the Green Party said.

Israel has blockaded the Gaza strip by land, sea, and air since 2006, resulting in plummeting living standards and health services, high unemployment, and severe food insecurity, according to the United Nations.

“I am participating in the Women’s Boats to Gaza flotilla to highlight the crucial role of women in keeping their communities afloat, particularly in post-conflict situations,” said Green Party human rights spokesperson Marama Davidson.

“The people of Gaza are still living with the terrible impact of the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, which resulted in the death of 2,300 civilians and the destruction of hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals.

“As an indigenous woman myself, I want to stand alongside the women of Gaza and to draw attention to the ongoing humanitarian crisis there.

“Women around the world bear a disproportionate burden in caring for people and keeping communities together in times of hardship, and the women of Palestine are no different. Women’s role in navigating oppression and working for peace and justice has long been under-valued.

“More aid is urgently needed to ensure the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people in Gaza and to help rebuild the homes, public services and livelihoods that were destroyed in 2014.

“We are calling on Israel to end the collective punishment of the people of Gaza by lifting the inhumane blockade and allowing more critical supplies to go where they are needed the most,” said Ms Davidson.

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