U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has postponed a trip planned for Sunday to the city of Charlotte, site of intense anti police brutality protests, and will instead meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Hillary is grateful for, and intends to honor, the invitation from faith leaders to visit with the Charlotte community," her campaign said in a statement on Friday.
"After further discussion with community leaders, we have decided to postpone Sunday's trip as to not impact the city's resources," it said, adding that Clinton will visit the city on the following Sunday.
Instead Clinton will meet with Netanyahu, who will also meet separately with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, sources with knowledge of the meeting told CNN.
Both Clinton and Trump are attempting to court Black voters ahead of the November election. Though polls indicate Clinton is the overwhelming favorite, she is unpopular in Black Lives Matter activist circles for her tepid response to their demands.
During the Democratic primaries Clinton famously brushed off a young Black woman who confronted her for her racist comments regarding Black people earlier in her career.
Clinton has also been accused of failing to take a clear stance in support of Black Lives Matter following a recent string of fatal police killings of Black men.
Her decision to meet with Netanyahu is likely to further exacerbate tensions between the Democratic party's candidate and anti police brutality activists.
A platform released by the Movement for Black Lives proclaimed their support for Palestine and declared Israel an “apartheid state” which “practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades.”