Tyson Fury blasts hackers who posted 'pray for Israel' on his Instagram 7 years after wearing 'free Palestine' shorts

TYSON Fury has slammed hackers who posted a "Pray For Israel" message on his Instagram as a firestorm rages in Gaza.

The heavyweight champ hit back after criticism online from fans who thought it meant he was taking Israel's side in the bloody conflict.

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The rogue Instagram story featured a Star of David flag along with the words "Pray For Israel" and a bible verse.

It comes after a more than 70 people were killed by a four-day aerial blitz by Israel and rockets fired by Hamas from Gaza.

Last night Fury posted a video on Twitter slamming those behind the hoax and insisting he had nothing to do with it.

The Gypsy King said: "Whoever's on my Story: get the f*** off there, you little b******s.

"I don't get involved in any political conflicts or anything like that.

"As we all know, I am a man of the people. I represent all people from around the world – every country, not just one. 

"We all know that's not a real post by the Gypsy King.

"God bless you all, peace out and God bless all the people who are in conflict at the moment."

In 2014, Fury was pictured wearing a "Free Palestine" flag on his shorts during the last major flare-up of violence in the territory.

Fury also tweeted at the time: "#FreePalestine #StopTheRockets #stopthekillingofInnocentpeople! #Childrenaredying. Gods people would not do this. #JesusIsLord."

The Israeli Defence Force fought a 50-day war against Palestinian militants seven years ago.

The worst outbreak of violence since then erupted earlier this week after a police raid on al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem sparked angry protests.

Fanatics launched hundreds of rockets at heavily populated Tel Aviv and other cities.

Israel responded with a bombardment targeting Hamas terror chiefs.

The bombs toppled two residential towers in Gaza, and at least 17 children are said to be among the 74 dead.

Today Israel deployed tanks and two infantry units to the border ahead of supposed plans to invade the Palestinian-controlled territory.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejected pleas for a ceasefire, despite mounting bloodshed on both sides.

Hamas was said to be stockpiling enough rockets to bomb Israel for two months – rasing fears the region is on the brink of all-out war.

The Israel Defense Forces said their "marching orders" were to intensify operations against Hamas.

Lt Col Jonathan Conricus added: "We will continue to operate to attack their military infrastructure and prepare additional activities until they get the message."

Israel has prepared combat troops along the Gaza border in "various stages of preparing ground operations", a military spokesman said.

Amid fears the violence could spiral further out of control, Washington planned to send an envoy, Hady Amr, for talks with Israel and Palestinians.

US President Joe Biden said he hoped fighting "will be closing down sooner than later".

Yesterday, disturbing footage showed a mob of Israelis battering an "Arab" driver in the street after he was pulled from his car.

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