Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, left, talks to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, following a 37-18 Seattle victory at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, 25 September 2016. In solidarity with Palestinians, Bennett this week pulled out of an Israeli-government backed propaganda junket for NFL players. Â (Joe Nicholson USA TODAY Sports.)
Immediately after contributing to his teamâ€™s Super Bowl victory, last Sunday, Martellus Bennett of the New England Patriots was asked what he thought about an upcoming visit to Mexico to represent the National Football League (NFL).
â€śTear down the wall! Tear down the wall! Thatâ€™s what I think about going to Mexico,â€ť he cried.
Bennett then became the first of a number of Patriots players who confirmed they would skip a visit with President Donald Trump at the White House.
But,Â The Forward reported that Bennett would be taking a different trip. Along with 11 other NFL players he would be â€śheading to Israel after the teamâ€™s historic win on a hasbara, or Israeli public relations tour for American football players.â€ť
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.