It has been announced that Salman Rushdie, the author of the book ‘Satanic Verses’, who was stabbed in the USA, had liver damage, could lose an eye and was connected to a respirator. It was claimed that the attacker Hadi Matar (24) was a sympathizer of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Iran had issued a death fatwa against Rushdie in 1989 because of the book, which had a great reaction in the Islamic world.
The Condition Of Writer Salman Rushdie (75), who was stabbed at a literary event in New York the previous day , was reported to be serious. While the attacker Hadi Matar was taken under control by the participants at the scene, Rushdie, who was covered in blood, was taken to the hospital by helicopter and was operated on urgently. Rushdie’s manager, Andrew Wylie, stated that the author’s liver and nerves in one arm were damaged in the attack, which made a great impression in the world of literature and politics, and that he would probably lose an eye.
Carl LeVan, a professor of politics at the American University, told AFP that while Rushdie was sitting on the stage, the attacker burst onto the stage and stabbed the writer repeatedly and violently. According to LeVan, the attacker was acting with a killing motive. Participants were horrified. The attacker was also taken under control as a group of spectators jumped onto the stage and tried to save Rushdie. While a doctor in the audience gave first aid to Rushdie, who was stabbed in the back and stomach, the attacker was arrested.
IT IS UNKNOWN YET WHY IT HAS DONE
The FBI searched the attacker Matar’s home in New Jersey. While it was stated that Matar acted alone, his motivation has not yet been clarified. The Suspect, Who Was Born In The USA to Lebanese parents , was carrying a fake driver’s license named Hasan Mugniyeh, which evokes Hezbollah. Hasan is the first name of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Mugniyeh is the surname of Imad Mugniyeh, one of the leaders of Hezbollah who was killed in Syria in 2008. The New York Post newspaper cited the security forces as a source of Matar’s attack on Iran. He claimed that he sympathized with the regime and the Revolutionary Guards Army. Last week, the United States accused a member of the Revolutionary Guard Corps of plotting to kill former National Security Advisor John Bolton in retaliation for the 2020 assassination of Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani.
A former classmate described Hadi Matar as ‘very religious’ and ‘kind’.
Accused of Attempted Murder
While Matar is accused of attempted murder, it is not yet known whether the attack has anything to do with Iran’s fatwa against Rushdie or the death of Qassem Soleimani. In 1989, because of his book ‘ The Satanic Verses ‘, Iran issued a death fatwa for Rushdie and put millions of dollars rewards on various organizations. In an interview with a German magazine two weeks ago, Rushdie said that “death threats are over and he wants to look ahead”.
PRAISE FOR THE ATTACK FROM IRAN
-Iran’s conservative Kayhan newspaper praised the attacker as ‘Bravo’ and commented, “The devil’s neck was cut with a razor blade”.
– However, it is stated that the Iranian public is divided into two. Some commented, “It was fine,” while others claimed that the attack was done to further isolate Iran.
HE HAS BEEN ESCAPE FOR 35 YEARS
Salman Rushdie, an Indian-born British-US citizen, had a great reaction in the Islamic world because of his 1988 book The Satanic Verses, and more than 45 people died in the protests.
– 1947 – He was born in Mumbai, India, to a Muslim family.
– 1981 – His second novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ wins the Booker Prize.
– 1988 – Hz. His new book, ‘The Satanic Verses’, drew a great reaction on the grounds that he accused Muhammad.
– February 13, 1988 – Fire was opened in demonstrations against Salman Rushdie in Pakistan. 5 people died.
– February 24, 1989 – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa.
– August 1989 – Assassination attempt against Rushdie uncovered in London.
– July 3, 1991 – Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator of the book, was stabbed in Milan by an Iranian person.
– July 12, 1991 – Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi is stabbed to death in Tokyo.
– 1998 – Iranian President Mohammad Khatami announces that the government does not support the killing of Rushdie.
– 2000 – The writer, who had to hide for years, started to live in the USA.
– 2007 – Knighted in England.
– 2010 – His name was included in the death list of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda.
– 2012 – A foundation in Iran raised the bounty on his head to $3.3 million.
– 2016 – The official media institution in Iran announced a new prize of 600 thousand dollars.