Three NFL players have pulled out of a scheduled trip to Israel following an open letter published by pro-Palestinian activists urging them to distance themselves from Israel’s “brutal” and “apartheid” policies. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was the first to pull out of the tour, saying he did not want to be “used” by the Israeli government.

The trip, organized in part by the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, is slated to include visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Christian holy sites. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the tour will showcase “a balanced picture of Israel.” Bennett first tweeted a picture of Martin Luther King and Stokely Carmichael alongside the caption: READ MORE