Popular Singer Rihanna Tweets 'Free Palestine', Apologizes
Popular pop star Rihanna on Tuesday posted a tweet in support of Palestinian Arabs, then deleted it and said the tweet was made by mistake.
The British Independent reported that the singer, who is from Barbados, posted the hashtag “#FreePalestine” on her official feed on Tuesday morning.
She deleted it within eight minutes, the report noted, but not before she received a barrage of replies.
A source close to Rihanna told the TMZ website that the popular star had clicked a link in an article and the tweet was automatically posted on her account.
“She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted,” the source said, adding, “She didn't even realize it was a tweet until she started hearing from her fans.”
Rihanna followed up with a message calling for peace.
“Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?” she wrote.
It should be noted that Rihanna gave a concert in Tel Aviv in October which was attended by approximately 50,000 people. The popular singer also performed in Israel in 2010.
Rihanna is one of several artists who have chosen to perform in Israel despite pressure by pro-Palestinian Arab groups to boycott the Jewish state.
Canadian singer Neil Young cancelled a concert that was scheduled for Thursday in Tel Aviv, but explained this was done “in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk.”