One Direction star Zayn Malik is receiving death threats from upset fans after he waded into the Gaza conflict. The singer, 21, shared the #FreePalestine hashtag with his 13million followers, which quickly clocked up 130,000 retweets.
Moments after it was posted, Israeli fans began blasting the star, telling him to “kill himself” and threatening: “Let me kill you.” One wrote: “Zayn should say what he said I mean if we’re such a terrorists like he said why wouldn’t we kill him for saying that huh @zaynmalik [sic].”
Others are vowing he has now lost all his fans from Israel.
"U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols wand me to die @benwinstone @harry_styles @onedirection [sic]."
The One Direction pin-up’s controversial comment will also no doubt upset Syco boss Simon Cowell who donated £90,000 to the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces at a fundraiser last year.
The FIDF offers Israeli soldiers “love, support and care” on behalf of Jewish communities worldwide.
After the conflict erupted, the music mogul faced an angry backlash on Twitter from Palestinian supporters.
Zayn isn’t the first celebrity to be criticised for showing their support for Palestine. Pop beauty Rihanna also caused a stir posting a message of support to her 36.4 million followers a few weeks ago.
Just like Zayn’s tweet, it simply read: #FreePalestine.
It was removed within eight minutes, but not before it had been retweeted thousands of times and had sparked a flurry of replies.
But according to TMZ, sources close to the 26-year-old singer said she never meant to post it.
"She didn’t even realise it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans," they told the website.
The singer was reading about the Middle East conflict online when she clicked a link, the source continued.
Shortly after she then tweeted: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?…”
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