One Direction Star Zayn Malik Tweets #FreePalestine, Gets Death Threats
By Anne Lu | July 29, 2014 2:02 PM EST
One Direction star Zayn Malik has just learned that even belonging to the most beloved boy band today won’t shield him from hatred online. The 21-year-old British singer was bombarded with hate messages and death threats after tweeting the hashtag “FreePalestine.”
Zayn, a Muslim, found himself at the centre of the Israel-Palestine conflict after making his opinion known to his 13 million followers.
— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) July 28, 2014
His tweet was retweeted over 184,000 times and favourited over 185,000 times. His opinion was met with negativity, though. His pro-Israel fans have expressed their disappointment at the young singer, telling him that he has let them down.
“@zaynmalik: #FreePalestine.” Stick to singing and dancing badly and yes Free Palestine from Hamas! — Amanda (@glassyhalffull) July 28, 2014
— (@LMakaPerf) July 28, 2014
#ZaynYouHaveFansInIsrael I can't believe I say it but the boy who saved my life hates me..I'm so disappointed in you Zayn😔 @zaynmalik — ✡ (@may_melech123) July 28, 2014
There are worse tweets, though. Some tweets call for Zayn’s death, telling him to “kill himself.”
Zayn proved to have royal fans as well. One Directioners quickly came to his defence, although it’s unclear whether they share the same opinion or they just follow Zayn blindly.
His fans also noted that “at least he didn’t delete his tweet,” unlike other celebrities such as Rihanna who also tweeted #FreePalestine, but quickly deleted the post after being attacked on Twitter.
@zaynmalik think, this he just defending his people, that does not mean he wants some evil to you
— Bé ❤ (@awkward69styles) July 28, 2014
@zaynmalik fuck this people , you don't have to be a muslim to stand up for Innocent children you just need humanity — idilhirsi (@idilhiirsi) July 28, 2014
@zaynmalik at least you didnt delete it ily
— ◆ftp◆ (@sleepsxalone) July 28, 2014
Zayn is not the only One Direction singer who has taken heat for expressing his opinion on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Harry Styles was recently criticised for apparently expressing his support for Israel when he followed Israeli journalist Lliana Bird on Twitter. Bird wrote a piece on the Huffington Post titled “Why I’m Pro-Israeli and Pro-Palestinian.”
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