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Warriors star Draymond Green is slammed for visiting Israel's border police

Warriors star Draymond Green - who wouldn't meet Trump - is slammed for visiting Israel's border police and posing with a sniper rifle

  • Green is at the center of a growing controversy over his recent visit to the Israel Border Police's counter-terrorism unit where he posed with a sniper rifle
  • Among other controversies, Israel was condemned for killing over 60 protesting Palestinians in May when the US opened its new embassy to Jerusalem
  • Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, said Green is 'the latest celebrity to be posterized by Israeli apartheid'
  • During a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Green was recorded taking target practice with members of the border police
  • The 28-year old gave a replica of his jersey to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin
  • This comes after Green and his teammates have twice hesitated to make a customary visit to the White House after winning an NBA Title  
  • Trump ostensibly disinvited the back-to-back champions, but as Green told CNN, he would have refused to meet with Trump over political differences

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 11:47 EDT, 11 July 2018 | Updated: 12:20 EDT, 11 July 2018

Golden State Warriors All-Star Draymond Green is at the center of a growing controversy over his decision to visit the Israel Border Police's counter-terrorism unit and pose for pictures holding a sniper rifle. 

Among other controversies, Israel's military has been condemned for killing over 60 protesting Palestinians and injuring thousands more along a border fence in May when the United States opened its new embassy to Jerusalem.

'Dear Draymond Green,' wrote activist and columnist Shaun King in an Instagram post. 'You got played. And you played yourself. And hurt a lot of people in the process.'

Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told The Nation that 'Draymond Green is the latest celebrity to be posterized by Israeli apartheid.'

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Draymond Green was pictured on Twitter on July 4 holding an Israeli sniper rifle 
Draymond Green was pictured on Twitter on July 4 holding an Israeli sniper rifle 

Draymond Green was pictured on Twitter on July 4 holding an Israeli sniper rifle 

Green and the Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Titles
Green and the Warriors have won three of the last four NBA Titles
'Dear Draymond Green,' wrote activist and columnist Shaun King in an Instagram post. 'You got played. And you played yourself. And hurt a lot of people in the process.'
'Dear Draymond Green,' wrote activist and columnist Shaun King in an Instagram post. 'You got played. And you played yourself. And hurt a lot of people in the process.'

'Dear Draymond Green,' wrote activist and columnist Shaun King in an Instagram post (right). 'You got played. And you played yourself. And hurt a lot of people in the process'

During a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Green was pictured on Twitter last week holding the sniper rifle and taking target practice with members of the border police. 

The 28-year old even gave a replica of his jersey to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, who responded to the gesture on Twitter: 'It's not everyday you get to meet an #Allstar! I hope this will be only your first visit to Israel, come back and visit us soon.'

This comes after Green and his Warriors teammates have twice hesitated to make the customary visit to President Donald Trump's White House after winning an NBA Title, most recently in June. On each occasion, Trump ostensibly disinvited the back-to-back champions, but as Green told CNN, he would have refused to meet with Trump over political differences.

Green even gave a replica of his jersey to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (left) 
Green even gave a replica of his jersey to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (left) 

Green even gave a replica of his jersey to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin (left) 

Green was also recorded taking target practice with Israeli border police
Green was also recorded taking target practice with Israeli border police

Green was also recorded taking target practice with Israeli border police

'I know we would make the same decision to not go,' Green said on CNN's 'Cuomo Prime Time.' 'It's not about not seeing Donald Trump or anything else that goes with it, but more so about what we stand for. In order to effect change, you have to stand for something. If you go about it the same way, you do the same things you do if everything is normal, then you won't effect change.'

But while that stance was cheered by those who oppose Trump - an enthusiastic supporter of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Green's decision to embrace a military accused of committing atrocities against the Palestinian people is being received differently.

Israeli Police Foreign Press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld posted a picture of Green visiting the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces
Israeli Police Foreign Press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld posted a picture of Green visiting the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces

Israeli Police Foreign Press spokesman Micky Rosenfeld posted a picture of Green visiting the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces

'Flashing a toothy grin w/ a sniper rifle in Israel on a trip sponsored by Friends of the IDF is so horribly offensive,' King wrote. 'Then firing it targets...man...what are you doing? They are an Apartheid regime. Human Rights Watch, one of the most respected groups in the world, has documented their repeated WAR CRIMES this year.

'They've recently slaughtered 100s of unarmed Palestinians w/ those rifles,' King continued. 'They killed women and children with those rifles. They shot and killed medics with those rifles. Not ancient history, but THIS YEAR.

'It would be like posing and shooting targets and smiling with the Ferguson Police right after they shot and killed Mike Brown or the Cleveland Police right after they murdered Tamir Rice.

Please acknowledge and aim to make this right.'

The subhead to Dave Zirin's piece for The Nation condemned the former Michigan State star: 'Draymond Green refused to visit Donald Trump. But he visited the Israeli President and posed as a sniper for the cameras—that’s a problem.'

Ben Dowsett, the executive editor of Basketball Insiders questioned Green's intentions.

'Was everything he’s publicly said about opposing the atrocities this administration has a hand in just for show?' Dowsett wrote on Twitter. 

While some athletes like former NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire have been embraced in Israel, others have resisted the urge to make a tour of the country.

Then-Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett opted out of an NFL delegation visit to Israel in February in 2017, saying he would consider visiting the country after previously expressing sympathy for the Palestinian people.

In one video, Green can be seen signing autographs for members of the Israeli military 
In one video, Green can be seen signing autographs for members of the Israeli military 

In one video, Green can be seen signing autographs for members of the Israeli military 

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett opted out of an NFL delegation visit to Israel in February in 2017, saying he would consider visiting the country after previously expressing sympathy for the Palestinian people
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett opted out of an NFL delegation visit to Israel in February in 2017, saying he would consider visiting the country after previously expressing sympathy for the Palestinian people
'When I do go to Israel—and I do plan to go—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 wrote on Instagram .
'When I do go to Israel—and I do plan to go—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 wrote on Instagram .

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett opted out of an NFL delegation visit to Israel in February in 2017, saying he would consider visiting the country after previously expressing sympathy for the Palestinian people

Palestinian medics carry a wounded young man east of Gaza City. Clashes between Palestinian citizens and the occupation forces during the protest against the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem on the borders of the Gaza Strip near the site of Nahal Oz east of Gaza City
Palestinian medics carry a wounded young man east of Gaza City. Clashes between Palestinian citizens and the occupation forces during the protest against the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem on the borders of the Gaza Strip near the site of Nahal Oz east of Gaza City

Palestinian medics carry a wounded young man east of Gaza City. Clashes between Palestinian citizens and the occupation forces during the protest against the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem on the borders of the Gaza Strip near the site of Nahal Oz east of Gaza City

'When I do go to Israel—and I do plan to go—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 wrote on Instagram.

Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in stabbings, shootings and car-ramming attacks. 

Over 260 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in that time. Israel says most were attackers. The attacks have petered off in recent months as the Palestinian focus has shifted toward mass protests at the Gaza border.

On May 14, when the protests peaked over the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a 14-year-old girl, Wessal Sheikh Khalil, was the first female protesters to be shot dead. She was among more than 60 people killed that day, the deadliest since a war between Hamas and Israel ended in 2014.

Last month, thousands of Palestinians, including hundreds of medical workers in white uniforms, attended the funeral procession of a colleague who was shot dead by Israeli troops the previous day along the Israel-Gaza border.

Razan Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, was shot as she tried to help evacuate wounded near Israel's perimeter fence with Gaza. She was the second woman among more than 115 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli army fire since Gaza border protests began in late March.

U.N. officials condemned the killing of Najjar, saying that witness reports indicated she wore clothing that clearly identified her as a health worker.

Medical crews carry an injured man for treatment.\nClashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers broke out once again at the border of the Gaza Stripe and Isreal near the Nahal Oz site east of Gaza City. The Israeli forces injured many Palestinian civilians by firing live ammunition and tear gas canisters to the protester who are within their own territory
Medical crews carry an injured man for treatment.\nClashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers broke out once again at the border of the Gaza Stripe and Isreal near the Nahal Oz site east of Gaza City. The Israeli forces injured many Palestinian civilians by firing live ammunition and tear gas canisters to the protester who are within their own territory

Medical crews carry an injured man for treatment.\nClashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli soldiers broke out once again at the border of the Gaza Stripe and Isreal near the Nahal Oz site east of Gaza City. The Israeli forces injured many Palestinian civilians by firing live ammunition and tear gas canisters to the protester who are within their own territory

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