"She went to a public school on the Cape flats and was heavily influenced by her former athletics coach Ismail Collier, who refused to represent South Africa in worldwide competitions because of the boycott against Pretoria, and Collier's personal beliefs as an anti-apartheid activist", Gillespie told ANA.
The women were detained hours after a rocket strike on Sderot, a southern Israeli town on the Gaza border. Speaking from the Auckland International airport this morning Davidson said she's willing to return and continue her ongoing commitment to peace in Israel and Palestine.
The group is calling for Israel to end its blockade of Gaza, which has been in place since 2007.
Later, organisers of the Women's Boat to Gaza said the remaining 10 women were being deported from Israel.
New Zealand actor Paratene told Te Kāea he too has been to Gaza and witnessed the living conditions first hand.
"We understand Ms Davidson agreed to leave Israel voluntarily and arrangements are in progress".
The women, who included Nobel Peace Prize victor Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and a number of parliamentarians, were detained after their sailboat, the Zaytouna-Oliva, was intercepted in worldwide waters about 35 nautical miles off the coast of Gaza. They also described the Gaza maritime blockade as lawful.
Marama Davidson created the video before setting sail to Gaza on a peace flotilla in the likelihood she would be arrested. Organizers said among the other women detained were Algerian MP Samira Douaifia, Swedish politician Jeannette Escanilla and Ann Wright, a former US Army colonel and State Department official who resigned over the 2003 Iraq war. The Israeli oppression forces had no reason to kidnap us, to take us hostage.
The last message heard from Mairead Maguire stated "We are people of the world, we should be allowed to visit our brothers and sisters in Gaza and not be stopped".
The boat was sponsored by the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, a group of pro-Palestinian groups based mostly in Europe.