Naughty Boy defends #FreePalestine tweet with Zayn Mailk

July 31, 2014

Producer Naughty Boy admits he and One Direction’s Zayn Malik sent tweets with the hashtag #FreePalestine, not because they are Muslim but because they are “humanitarian”. Zayn Malik was criticised about his decision to send the tweet last Sunday to his 13 million followers. But despite comments from fans and the media the singer did not delete it. Naughty Boy, who’s 29, said artists had a “responsibility” to speak out on Twitter. The producer, whose real name is Shahid Khan, has been working with One Direction on new track One Chance to Dance and happened to be in the studio with Zayn Malik. “We did a simultaneous tweet,” he told the Asian Network. It’s just more about being a human being. If I saw that going on in Israel, the amount of women and children being killed, that is just too shocking

He said: “We are educated on the subject and the history of Palestine; so we have a responsibility as we are creating awareness about children dying. Zayn’s biggest fan base is teenage girls so it’s good to highlight.” His tweet prompted a response from upset One Direction fans in Israel using the hashtag #ZaynYouHaveFansinIsrael. Naughty Boy denied he was taking sides in the conflict.

Hundreds in Paris protest Israeli raid

Up to 300 people called on Israel to lift its blockade of Gaza, in a peaceful march in Paris. A pick-up truck that was part of the march carried a banner reading “Free Palestine”, followed by five fake coffins covered with a burial cloth, false blood and the inscriptions: “Victims of Israeli terrorism”, “They died for us” and “They died for Freedom”.

The three French nationals who returned to France three days after the Israeli commando assault on the six ships arrived in Paris from Athens after they were deported by Israel. Le Monde notes that there is strong support for Palestinians in France.