Zayn Malik, one of the singers of popular English-Irish pop boy band One Direction, might not have thought that he would get death threats and abuse for his support for the #FreePalestine social media campaign but he received lots of flak from his followers.
The One Direction star tweeted the hashtag on Monday to his 13million followers for which he received death threats and complaints. The tweet has got 150112 retweets and 151,706 favorites at the time of filing this story.
— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) July 28, 2014
R&B singer, Rihanna received similar backlash after posting #FreePalestine on her twitter page. She had to delete her post following hate comments and put up another tweet that reads: "Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?...." Unlike Rihanna, Malik hasn't deleted his post. He has received support from many after pro-Isreali fans called for him to "kill himself" or "to be killed".
zayn can support whoever he wants and I personally think he was in right in supporting palestine so leave his opinion alone #freepalestine
— Sophia♡ (@SophiaRauhl) July 28, 2014
I can't explain how proud I am of zayn for sticking up and speaking for what he believes in and not caring what people think #FreePalestine
— please harry (@oceanblueniall) July 28, 2014
The fact that Zayn is getting death threats about his #FreePalestine tweet is disgusting, seriously people grow up.
— 23.7.10 8:22PM (@31312SD) July 28, 2014
Zayn Malik, who is a member of One Direction comprising of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, was raised a Muslim.
Several world leaders, including US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, have raised concern over the conflict between Israel and Hamas, calling for peace.
According to The Washington Post, the Palestinian death toll from the conflict has rose to 1,035 on Saturday. The New York Times reported that 46 Israeli deaths had been reported as on 27 July. 218 children had been killed in the violence so far according to UNICEF.