July 28, 2014 10:30 am

One Direction’s Zayn Malik sparks Twitter war

TORONTO – Zayn Malik of the British pop group One Direction sparked a firestorm late Sunday when he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

By early Monday, the 21-year-old’s message had been retweeted more than 150,000 times.

Malik has been getting both kudos and criticism for his position.

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“I’m so proud of you. You’re so brave,” tweeted one fan. Another posted: “I’m proud of you standing up for what you believe in.”

But other tweets include “YOU CAN GO TO HELL” and “Seriously disappointed. You don’t have a clue of what’s rly goin on.”

Malik, who was raised in a Muslim household, is not the first pop star to weigh in on the conflict.

Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” but deleted it only minutes later. She later tweeted: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”

On July 18, Selena Gomez posted a message on Instagram that read “It’s About Humanity. Pray for Gaza” but a day later added: “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”

Here’s a sample of the reactions Malik got to his tweet:

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