Salman Rushdie stabbed on ventilator before lecture in NY

Author Salman Rushdie – the subject of decades-old death threats from Iranian Muslim clerics – was knelt in the neck in a surprise attack on Friday as he prepared to deliver a lecture in western New York.

Rushdie, 75, was on a ventilator Friday night, his agent Andrew Wyllie said. The agent said that his liver was damaged, nerves in one arm were broken and he was likely to lose one eye. Rushdie was taken to a hospital in Erie, Pa., where he underwent surgery.

Dr. Martin Haskell, one of those who rushed to help, described the prolific and controversial writer’s wounds as “serious but recoverable”.

At the scene, police arrested Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, NJ, a town in Bergen County across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Rushdie was set to speak as part of an event held at the Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit center near Lake Erie. The institution, about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo, describes itself as “a community of artists, teachers, thinkers, faith leaders, and friends dedicated to the pursuit of the best in humanity.”

Instead, the audience saw a surprising display of the worst-case scenario in humanity.

Rushdie was being introduced around 11 a.m. when a man reached the stage and then began punching and hitting him, sending shockwaves through audience members attending the lecture series, “over sheltered”. by title.

According to the New York State Police, Pea managed to crush Rushdie with his legs and stab him at least once in the neck and once in the stomach. The amphitheater was immediately evacuated.

Photos taken at the scene show a small crowd of people surrounding Rushdie, some of whom can be seen caring for his injuries. Blood can also be seen on the ground beside Rushdie and the chair he was sitting on just before the attack.

Witnesses said his condition was not immediately known, but he was able to exit the stage with some help. Rushdie, the man set to interview Henry Reese, suffered a minor head injury during the chaos.

Governor Hochul praised the prompt action by the New York State Police and everyone who responded after the stabbing.

“Our thoughts are with Salman and his fans after this horrific incident,” he said. “I have directed the state police to provide more help if needed in the investigation,” he said.

At that time, Rabbi Charles Sevener was among the hundreds of people in the audience. He said the attack lasted for about 20 seconds.

“This guy ran up to the stage and started pounding Mr. Rushdie,” said Sevenor. “At first you’re like, ‘What’s up?’ And then within seconds it became completely clear that he was being beaten up.”

Although the motive for Friday evening’s attack was unclear, the Mumbai-born writer has faced a lot of controversies during his decades-long career.

Rushdie – the author of 14 novels, four works of non-fiction and a collection of short stories – is perhaps best known for writing “The Satanic Verses”. The piece was labeled blasphemy by many Muslims and has been banned in Iran since 1988. The following year, the country’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or fatwa, calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran has also offered a $3 million reward to anyone capable of killing Rushdie.

At the age of 24, Peas was not alive when “The Satanic Verses” was published. Fairview, the town where he lives, is southern Bergen County, about 3 1/2 miles south of the George Washington Bridge, across the Hudson River from the Upper West Side.

A person living near Matar’s house said that around 5.30 pm, the police detained a woman going to her house in unmarked vehicles.

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“When the woman got out of the car, she got out and put on her jacket” [which identified them as law enforcement] And started questioning him,” said the man, who did not give his name. “Then they took him into the house.”

The neighbor said the woman was in her 40s or 50s.

After the fatwa was issued, Rushdie spent almost a decade under British protection and then gradually came into the public eye. In 2008, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

After “The Satanic Verses” was published, more than 40 people were killed in separate riots around the world. 12 people died in Mumbai.

In 1991, a man who translated the book into Japanese was stabbed to death. That same year, an Italian translator narrowly escaped a knife attack. In 1993, the Norwegian publisher of the book was shot three times but survived.

In 2012, Rushdie published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about his life in hiding after an Iranian fatwa. This title was used by the pseudonym Rushdie for nine years.

news with wire services

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