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".
"We did a simultaneous tweet. We were together a couple of nights ago watching the news and saying how terrible [the conflict between Israel and Hamas] is and we live in a world where all this happens. It's not about being Muslim it's about being a humanitarian," he said. "If you look at the reaction it has had 250,000 re-tweets and about 90% of those comments are positive."</b>
The producer became friends with Malik after meeting at the Brit Awards. He says they have a lot in common, like "being Muslim and being from a Pakistani working-class background. We are educated on the subject and the history of Palestine; so we have a responsibility as we are creating an awareness about highlighting children dying. Zayn's biggest fan base is teenage girls so it's good to highlight."
The 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.
He said: "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."