What do we know about the attack on the writer Salman Rushdie in New York?
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What do we know about the attack on the writer Salman Rushdie in New York?

While on stage Friday to give a lecture in an amphitheater in Chautauqua, upstate New York, Salman Rushdie was violently stabbed. The 75-year-old British writer, author of Satanic Verses Since 1989, the goal of a advisory opinion In Iran, between life and death. American police arrested a suspect. Who is he ? How is Salman Rushdie? Did Iran respond? 20 minutes make a point.

How healthy is Salman Rushdie?

After Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and abdomen, he was flown to the nearest hospital for emergency surgery. After the writer came out of the operating room, he was put on a respirator. “The news is not good,” he said Friday evening at The New York Times British writer Andrew Wylie’s agent. Perhaps Salman will lose an eye. I had nerves cut in his arm and he was stabbed in the liver.”

What do we know about his attacker?

New York State Police Major Eugene Stanisevsky said the suspect was arrested at the scene and immediately taken into custody. His name is Hadi Matar, 24 years old, he lives in New Jersey. Born in California according to the Daily Beast, he is of Lebanese descent and is presented as a Shiite Muslim, advocating a conservative and political vision of Islam close to that of Tehran.

“The Hadi responsible for this attack is not the Hadi I knew who spoke of kindness,” testifies his former teammate Gabriel Sanchez, 24, in Daily Beast. He talks about him as a “very loyal Muslim” who loves to read and play basketball, is active in class. According to a number of American media outlets, Hadi Matar had a forged license at the time of the attack in the name of Hassan Mughniyeh. A double reference to Imad Mughniyeh, the founder of Hezbollah, and Hassan Nasrallah, the current Secretary-General of Hezbollah, according to Daria Sfai, a Belgian lawmaker of Iranian origin.

What were the reactions to this attack?

Tributes and signs of political support soon blossomed. He began his “global battle” French President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter Ensuring that you are “today, more than ever, at his side.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie was stabbed while exercising a right we should never stop defending,” referring to freedom of expression.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said through his spokesman that he was “horrified” by the attack, adding, “The violence was in no way a response to the rhetoric.” “This act of violence is appalling,” said Jake Sullivan, US President Joe Biden’s security adviser. “Nothing justifies a fatwa, a death sentence,” he resented Charlie Hebdo, French satirical newspaper destroyed by an Islamist attack in 2015.

And in Iran, the media praised the aggressor. “Congratulations to this brave and conscientious man who attacked the apostate and villainous Salman Rushdie,” writes Iran’s main ultra-conservative newspaper, Kayhan, whose head is appointed by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The text continues: “Let us kiss the hand of the one who cut the neck of the enemy of God with a knife.” Following the official line, all Iranian media described Salman Rushdie as an “apostate”, with the exception of the reformist newspaper Etemad. The Iranian power has not yet officially commented on the facts.


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