[Despite the death threats singer Zayn Malik has not removed his #FreePalestine tweet]
Elham Asaad Buaras
Boy band member Zayn Malik found himself on the receiving end of vicious death threats from Israelis after he tweeted support for Palestinians caught up in the Gaza conflict.
The One Direction singer, 21, shared the #FreePalestine hashtag on July 27 with his 13 million followers, which has since clocked up 300,000 re-tweets.
Israeli fans bombarded Malik with death threats just moments after her voiced his support for the Palestinians, with many 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 vowed Zayn has now lost all his Israeli fans.
“U have fans in #Israel. It broke me that one of my idols want me to die [sic].”
Unlike other stars who voiced support for the besieged Gazans, Malik’s comments were also met with racist and Islamophobic insults, words like “Muslim scum”, and “terrorist” used to attack him.
Despite being of English-Pakistani descent Malik was also branded a “dirty Arab” and “sand nigger”.
The pin-up’s comment is a far cry from his manager’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Simon Cowell has provoked the wrath of pro-Palestine Twitter users by gifting £100,000
to the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF) at a fundraiser last year.
Although media mogul did not receive death threats like his protégé, Pro-Palestinian supporters took to twitter to inform him of his “complicity in the genocide of Palestinians.”
The X Factor boss has been bombarded with gruesome images of dead Palestinian children after it emerged that he donated the cash to the FIDF.
But following the invasion of Gaza earlier this month, many fans have accused him of aiding the conflict.
“You have blood on ur hands”, one user tweeted, along with an image of four dead Palestinian children on stretchers.
Another tried to appeal to the new father’s protective side, saying: “u donated money to Israel to do this. Now imagine this was ur child”.
Others illustrated the relatively softer reaction to Cowell’s donation compared to Malik’s support for Gazans.
“Simon Cowell is allowed to fund the Israeli Army so they can go kill innocent people, but Zayn’s not allowed to tweet his support for Gaza? ” asked one.
Cowell, the grandson of a Jewish refugee, has been embracing Judaism after his Jewish girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to his son.