In a shocking incident, the New York Post reported that British author Salman Rushdie was brutally stabbed this week while in Chautauqua, New York.
The New Jersey man who police say is responsible for Rushdie’s stabbing has a history of supporting Iran.
The author suffered multiple stab wounds to his neck and abdomen
Rushdie was giving a speech at the Chautauqua Institution on Friday when an individual jumped up and charged at the author with a knife.
BREAKING: Author Salman Rushdie, the subject of an ongoing fatwa from Iran over his book Satanic Verses, sparking many death threats over the years, has been stabbed on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State. pic.twitter.com/wLEWkA3xC1
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 12, 2022
According to the Post, “Rushdie suffered stab wounds to the neck and abdomen, and remained in surgery at a nearby trauma center Friday evening.”
Interestingly, the Post reported that New York State Police Major Eugene J. Staniszewski told reporters, “We don’t have any indication of a motive at this time.”
The alleged attacker praised Iran on social media
However, conservative journalist Andy Ngo noted that Rushdie’s alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, has praised Iran’s radical Islamic government on social media.
In 1989, then Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini called for Rushdie to be murdered and put a multimillion-dollar bounty on his head following the publication of “The Satanic Verses,” a book which some Muslims considered to be offensive.
Despite having banned former President Donald Trump, Ngo pointed out that Twitter is allowing its users to praise the attack on Rushdie.
Some #Muslims on Twitter are celebrating the stabbing attack on author Salman Rushdie. Since the 80s, many Muslims have called for & tried to kill the author & those connected to him for offending their religion. A Japanese translator was murdered. https://t.co/UmeyICOrtE pic.twitter.com/trAwNG4lxH
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) August 13, 2022
Conservative British author Douglas Murray noted the double standard in a tweet of his own, complaining, “Twitter gives a platform to Islamist terrorists all the time.”
“Whether it’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, or people like this celebrating the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie. They’ll cancel Jordan Peterson for standing up for kids. But they’ll keep this guy on as he calls for heads. Foul.”