Justin Timberlake Under Fire From Palestinian Fans Over Western Wall Instagram (Photo)

The pop star faces criticism from Palestinians after posting an Israel hashtag in a photo of the holy site

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 9:40 AM

Pop star Justin Timberlake upset some Palestinian fans Wednesday after he posted an Instagram photo of himself praying on the Western Wall in preparation for his performance in Tel Aviv.

Timberlake wrote, “What an experience. I will never forget this day #Israel.” The photo garnered over 200,000 likes but Palestinian fans were upset with his “Israel” hashtag.

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“There was never an Israel, this was always Palestine,” one Instagram fired back.

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“FYI , it’s called #PALESTINE,” said Instagram user remihattab.

“Theres noland called israel be sure of that , its palestine and forever,” added user shamasadnan.

In contrast, Israeli supporters were elated by Timberlake’s visit to the holy site.

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“Welcome to the promised land,” said user yanir.

“All the tickets were sold out,” said user atalyha_levy. “Come to israel again soon!!!!”

Israeli farmers even named a melon after the pop star in anticipation for his performance in the region.

View the photo below:


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