"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." https://t.co/j7QZASptn7— Omar Mouallem (@omar_aok) July 11, 2018
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was among the players on his team who were against a visit to the White House following their NBA title win this year. But a recent trip overseas has many people criticizing his stances on other important issues.
Green was among the more outspoken of the players on his team.
“It’s not about not seeing [President] Donald Trump or anything else that goes with it, but more so about what we stand for,” he explained at the time. “In order to effect change, you have to stand for something.”
But while Green is happy (and right) to stand up to a leader like Trump over the disastrous policies and comments the president has made since taking office, the NBA player is apparently comfortable being used as a piece of propaganda for Israel.
Green was part of a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a group dedicated to supporting soldiers in Israel. Green accompanied others on the visit to the Middle East nation, less than two months after IDF soldiers engaged in a slaughter of Palestinian protesters, resulting in around 60 people killed and thousands more injured.
Green’s visit included him seeing a shooting range, and taking shots with officers there. The forward even posed with a sniper rifle, facing the camera and smiling, prompting criticisms for “normalizing” the militarized aspects of the apartheid state.
Dear Draymond Green (@Money23Green),— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 11, 2018
You got played.
Flashing a toothy grin w/ a sniper rifle in Israel on a trip sponsored by Friends of the IDF is so horribly offensive.
They've recently slaughtered 100s of unarmed Palestinians w/ those rifles.https://t.co/v1k0aYXoNS
The visit and the photo op was disturbing to Yousef Munayyer, the executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian rights.
“It was a sad sight to see him collaborating with an effort aimed at normalizing Palestinian human-rights denial and selling it to his fans around the world,” Munayyer said. “With great celebrity comes great responsibility, and unfortunately Draymond allowed his celebrity to be used in ways unbecoming of a champion of freedom, justice, and equality.”
These types of criticisms are justified. Green has been an outspoken individual who has promoted boycotting other leaders for their terrible leadership skills and abhorrent politics.
He should have done the same in Israel, where he had a real opportunity to be a voice against the government’s abusive tactics against Palestinians. Instead, he became a part of their propaganda machine. It is an unfortunate circumstance — but not one that Green cannot rectify by speaking out about it now.