Rihanna backtracks from foray into global politics

DIPPING HER TOES: Rihanna briefly enters political fray.
DIPPING HER TOES: Rihanna briefly enters political fray.

Rihanna has joined the debate on the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but only for a mere eight minutes.

The pop artist tweeted the hashtag #FreePalestine, but within eight minutes the tweet had been deleted from her Twitter feed.

Deleted after 8 minutes: Rihanna's #FreePalestine tweet.

Though not before the tweet had been retweeted almost 7000 times.

Since deleting the initial tweet, Rihanna has shared a less-polarizing perspective.

Let's pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?.... pic.twitter.com/jHD56KXkcu

— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 15, 2014

Rihanna is not the only celebrity to have been caught tweeting and deleting a #FreePalestine tweet.

American NBA star, Dwight Howard posted the same tweet in response to a fan who shared pictures of Gaza with him.

His tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted and it was followed up with a series of tweets, withdrawing him from the debate.

previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will.

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 12, 2014

Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks also found himself retracting a post on Instagram, which read "pray for Palestine."