JERUSALEM — In a humiliation to the Israeli authorities, solely five of 11 NFL players have arrived on a sponsored trip geared toward bettering the nation’s picture.
The ministry for strategic affairs and public diplomacy issued a press launch after the Super Bowl boasting that the go to would carry “influencers” who would function “goodwill ambassadors” after they returned home.
The announcement led Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett to pull out. He accused the federal government of attempting to use him for PR functions and cited sympathy for the Palestinians.
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Several different players adopted suit, together with Bennett’s brother, New England Patriots tight finish Martellus Bennett, who retweeted his brother’s letter.
Rambam Health Care Campus spokesman David Ratner stated Wednesday that solely five players arrived for a deliberate go to to the hospital. The ministry declined to remark.
According to the Times of Israel, the five players that went on the trip had been Arizona Cardinals defensive finish Calais Campbell, Oakland Raiders defensive deal with Dan Williams, New Orleans Saints defensive finish Cameron Jordan, Tennessee Titans tight finish Delanie Walker and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks.
In addition to Michael and Martellus Bennett, the players scheduled to seem however did not make the trip had been Seattle Seahawks defensive finish Cliff Avril, Miami Dolphins large receiver Kenny Stills, San Francisco 49ers operating again Carlos Hyde and Denver Broncos operating again Justin Forsett. Retired NFL linebacker Kirk Morrison additionally was initially scheduled to seem.
Kendricks and Jordan have posted footage and video on social media from their go to.
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The go to will embrace stops at a hospital, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and a gathering with the “Black Hebrews,” a group of African Americans who dwell in southern Israel.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.