Well-known novelist Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after being stabbed in the neck and stomach while preparing to lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on Friday morning, according to his agent.
Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, said Rushdie was helicoptered to the hospital on Friday morning and underwent several hours of surgery at a nearby trauma center. new York Times,
“The news is not good,” Willie told the newspaper. “Salman is likely to lose one eye; The veins in his hand were broken; And his liver was stabbed and damaged.”
Police arrested 24-year-old Hadi Matar in connection with Friday’s attack. Matar from New Jersey had previously posted on social media in support of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Shia extremism. New York Post informed of.
“People were saying, ‘Hey’ [Rushdie] There’s a pulse, he’s got a pulse, he’s got a pulse,'” an eyewitness to the attack told and followed new York Times, Another witness told Times that “there was only one attacker,” and that “he was dressed in black. He had a loose black cloak over him. He ran up to her at lightning speed.”
Rushdie has been living under threat of assassination ever since Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini – the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran – issued a fatwa to kill the author in 1989. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verseswas published in 1988, and contained what was considered by some to be a blasphemous and blasphemous depiction of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
The United Kingdom and Iran ended diplomatic relations with each other over a fatwa, and only re-established them in 1998 when then-Iranian President Mohammad Khatami stated that he would “neither support nor assassinate Rushdie.” would interfere with the operation of the
Rushdie has a bounty of more than $3 million on his head given by a religious foundation in Iran.
Law enforcement sources reportedly told New York Post That a preliminary investigation revealed that Matar posted on social media in support of Iran and its Revolutionary Guard, as well as Shia extremism.
However, New York State Police said they have “no indication of a motive at this time” and believe that Peas acted alone.
PEN America, a human rights organization that supports free expression, which Rushdie served as its president, issued a statement from its CEO, Susan Nossel.
“Pen America is grappling with shock and terror at word of a brutal, pre-planned attack on our former president and staunch ally, Salman Rushdie, who was reportedly stabbed multiple times while speaking on stage at the Chautauqua Institute in New York . We can think of no comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary writer on American soil,” Nossel wrote.
“On Friday morning, just hours before the attack, Salman emailed me to help with placements for writers from Ukraine who needed safe haven from serious threats. Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades, but he has never bowed down or faltered. He has devoted relentless energy to helping others who are vulnerable and in danger. While we do not know the origin or motives of this barbaric attack, all those around the world who have faced words with violence or have called for it are guilty of legalizing it as an attack on a writer, while he was engaged in his essential work. to the readers. Our thoughts and passions are now with our fearless Salman, wishing him a full and speedy recovery. We hope and believe that their essential voice cannot and will not be silenced,” she continued.
In a news conference held Friday afternoon, New York Governor Cathy Hochul assured reporters that Rushdie—whom she called “someone who has remained fearless despite the dangers that followed her entire adult life.” “—”was taking care of him.” She also praised the response of officers at the scene, declaring that “it was a state police officer who saved his life by standing up.”
The attack on Rushdie comes in the context of increasing aggression from the Iranian regime. Last year, a kidnapping plot against dissident Masih Alinjad, who now holds US citizenship and reports on human rights abuses in Iran, was uncovered by the Justice Department. On Wednesday, the DOJ revealed it had uncovered a planned assassination attempt against the former national security adviser. John Bolton,
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