Rihanna has received a tidal wave of comments after she tweeted the hashtag ‘#FreePalestine’ early on Monday morning before briskly deleting it after only eight minutes of her post.
The hashtag was re-tweeted 7,000 times by her followers before it was removed, according to NY Mag.
She removed it after receiving a mass negative response questioning her apparent support for Hamas, entertainment site TMZ claimed.
According to the report, she stated that she did not mean to tweet the hashtag and only realized it had been posted after the responses began flooding in.
“She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted. She didn’t even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans,” a source close to the singer, speaking to TMZ on condition of anonymity, said.
The report states that Rihanna was reading about the Israel-Gaza conflict, specifically about the three Israeli teens who found were murdered earlier this month and the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian killed in a revenge attack that followed.
The killer of the three teenagers is yet to be caught; however three Jews who were suspected of carrying out the revenge attack where charged for their crimes on Monday.
These events were said to have triggered Rihanna’s tweet, although she still retains the statement it was entirely unintentional.