Bennett, Forsett skip Israel trip

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has decided not to accompany a group of National Football League players touring Israel next week, citing human rights concerns. However, after learning more about what his role would be within the trip, the two-time Pro Bowl selection has chose to opt out.

Bennett, the Seattle Seahawks star defensive end, posted a notice on social media Friday announcing his decision to quit the delegation.

"I will not be used in such a manner", he writes, adding that when he does go to Israel, which is still on his agenda, "it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians, who have called this land home for thousands of years, live their lives".

Bennett's brother Martellus has also reportedly pulled out of the trip.

Bennett also tweeted that one of his heroes was fighter Muhammad Ali.

Your trip to Israel comes at a time of growing cooperation between the USA and Israeli governments, as evidenced by the close relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, who both are eager to work together to continue implementing their right-wing, racist agendas.

'I know that this will anger some people and inspire others.

"I did this not for you, but to be in accord with my own values and my own conscience", Bennett wrote.

The NFL players are scheduled to arrive in Israel on Monday.

Other members of the reported delegation include Miami Dolphins tight end Delanie Walker, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell, San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde, Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett, Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams and former Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. The NFL delegation was to include 12 current or former players and include visits to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem and the Black Hebrew community in the southern city of Dimona. "I am sure that, after the experiences that the players will enjoy in Israel and after they have seen the unique tourist sites and the special atmosphere here, they will become ambassadors of good will for Israel", he said.

Zirin noted in his letter that although the initial Times of Israel report stated that Martellus Bennett would be attending the trip, that is not the case.

It was undersigned by various far-left organizations, including the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and its U.S. -based counterpart, as well as Jewish Voice for Peace.

  • Leroy Wright