One Direction heart-throb Zayn Malik has waded into the Gaza conflict by tweeting the hashtag #FreePalestine to his 13 million Twitter followers.
— zaynmalik1D (@zaynmalik) July 28, 2014
Posted early this morning, the tweet has been retweeted over 135,000 times and provoked an outcry of anger from upset fans.
Outraged fans have even sent the 21-year-old singer death threats.
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].”
Other Twitter users told the star to “kill himself” and threatened, “Let me kill you.”
Heartbroken Israeli One Direction fans made no bones about telling Zayn how they feel.
“U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols wants me to die @benwinstone @harry_styles @onedirection.”
Bradford-born Zayn isn’t the first celebrity to be criticised for showing their support for Palestine.
Rihanna also provoked outrage by posting the same message of Palestinian support to her 36.4 million followers a few weeks ago.