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Celebrities stir passions with Gaza views

Published on Jul 30, 2014 9:51 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy.

More often than not, celebrity sympathies have been leaning in favour of Palestinians as the Israeli assault on Hamas rolls into its fourth week and the death toll keeps rising.

Zayn Malik of the British boy band One Direction was the latest boldface name to voice his concern when he posted "#FreePalestine" on his Twitter account on Sunday.

As of Tuesday, his message had been retweeted 220,000 times, and favourited just as often, among his 13 million followers worldwide.

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