Suspect In Salman Rushdie Stabbing Had Sympathies With Iran — But News Orgs Say Motive Is Unclear

Written by K. Walker on August 13, 2022

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Maybe it has something to do with the sympathies with the country that issued the fatwa against Rushdie and is offering a reward for killing him?

Perhaps?

On Friday, 75-year-old Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie was stabbed shortly after he got onstage in Chautauqua, New York, to give a speech on artistic freedom.

Witnesses say that a man approached Rushdie from behind while he was seated in a chair on the stage and appeared to “punch or stab” the author 10-15 times.

The author is now recovering after sustaining multiple injuries and undergoing emergency surgery. His liver was stabbed and damaged, nerves in his arm were severed, and he will most likely lose an eye because of the attack.

Rushdie has been living under a death threat for 33 years, and for several years he was in hiding and using a pseudonym.

In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a death fatwa against Rushdie because his novel “The Satanic Verses” was deemed “blasphemous against Islam” by the regime for the irreverent portrayal of the prophet Mohammed.

In 2019, Ayatollah Khamenei reaffirmed the fatwa against Rushdie.

ClashDaily reported on the stabbing as the news was breaking here:

SALMAN RUSHDIE: Assassination Attempt At Public Appearance … Was It The FATWA?

The New York Post in their report on Saturday was pretty clear that there is a pretty clear motive. The suspect arrested on Friday is Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairfield, New Jersey who “has sympathies toward the Iranian government that has called for Rushdie’s death” law enforcement told the NY Post.

Despite this, both the Associated Press and Reuters are reporting that the motive is yet to be determined.

From the link in the tweet, the Associated Press reports:

Police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey. He was arrested at the scene and was awaiting arraignment. Matar was born a decade after “The Satanic Verses” was published. The motive for the attack was unclear, State Police Maj. Eugene Staniszewski said.

“Police said they were working with federal investigators to determine a motive,” says the Reuters article.

While that’s the line that the AP and Reuters are going with, some others think that the reason is pretty clear.

Independent journalist Andy Ngo has dug through Matar’s social media and found that he seems to be a big fan of the Iranian regime.

Matar’s social media was filled with what investigators might call “red flags”…

Some Muslim are celebrating the stabbing of a novelist for blasphemy.

Shortly after the attack, someone sent a threat over Twitter to Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling.

It’s pretty clear that the media is biased. They’re quick to label any police interaction with a black person racist — even without evidence, but they’re really hesitant to call anything an Islamic extremist attack.

We can all see the bias and that’s why trust in these big media organizations is so low, and why people are looking for their news elsewhere.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker