Zain Javadd “Zayn” Malik (born 12 January 1993), who records mononymously as Zayn, is a British singer and songwriter. Born and raised in Bradford, Malik aspired to pursue a career in music from a young age leading him to audition as a solo artist for the British reality television music competition The X Factor in 2010. After being eliminated as a solo performer, Malik was brought back into the competition, along with four other contestants, to form the boy band that would become known as One Direction. During his time in the group, they released the albums Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013), and Four (2014).
Zayn Malik probably wasn’t expecting the barrage of abuse he received from followers after he pledged his support for the #FreePalestine social media campaign.
The One Direction star, who was raised a Muslim, was bombarded with death threats and messages of complaint after he “did a Rihanna” and tweeted the hashtag to his 27million followers.
Of course, Malik isn’t the first famous face to tweet about the conflict. Rihanna forced a similar reaction when she posted #FreePalestine via her official account, only to delete it minutes later.
And to start with, Malik might have assumed his protest post was a popular decision: the tweet garnered over 130,000 retweets and 138,000 favourites in a matter of moments.
The One Direction member, 21, expressed his support for Palestine last night (July 27) amidst the current political turmoil stemming from the Gaza fray. In less than 24 hours, the tweet has been retweeted and favorited more than 170,000 times.
— zayn (@zaynmalik) July 28, 2014
BBC and the Mirror both reported that the Brit has been receiving death threats, including tweets reading, “You always made me smile but now u make me cry!!” and “Zayn should say what we he said I mean if we’re such a terrorists like he said why wouldn’t we kill him for saying that huh @zaynmalik.”
In a video released by freedom4palestine.org, a group including Chuck D, Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Desmond Tutu, Roger Waters, Brian Eno and Naomi Klein hold up cards with the names and ages of Palestinian civilians recently killed in Gaza. The UN estimates that more than 70 percent of those who have lost their lives in the fighting were civilians, including more than 220 children and 110 women.
British comedian Russell Brand posted a seven-minute YouTube video on the topic, saying that the reduction of the Palestinian territories since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 was “pretty harrowing,” later adding that the only way to have a positive impact is for the West “to not provide military or financial assistance to either side, to condemn violence on both sides and insist on a peaceful solution.”
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