Salman Rushdie is “on the road to recovery”. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said so in a statement to The Washington Post. “The injuries are serious but his condition is on the right track,” he said. The writer has been disconnected from the ventilator and is now able to speak again.
Salman Rushdie’s family are “extremely relieved” that the writer can now breathe on his own. His son said that, adding that his father’s “provocative sense of humour” “remains intact”.
Meanwhile, controversy begins to mount over the lack of protection of a man who has lived for more than 30 years under the threat of Islamic extremism. The White House condemned the “horrific attack” on US soil and said it was praying for Rushdie. No official information on the motive for the attack but the attacker, a 24-year-old boy born in New Jersey to Lebanese parents, seems to be close to Shiite extremism and the Iranian Pasdarans. The last update on the conditions of the author of ‘Satanic Verses’ was several hours ago. It was his agent, Andrew Wylie, who gave the information by e-mail. “The news is not good. Salman is attached to a respirator, at the moment he is unable to speak,” the writer’s agent said, revealing that his condition is more serious than one might imagine. . “He will probably lose an eye, the nerves in his arm have been severed and his liver has been injured and damaged.”
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid condemned the attack on writer Salman Rushdie in the United States as an attack on freedom and the consequence of years of instigation by Iran. “The attack on Rushdie – he stressed on Twitter – is an attack on our freedoms and our values. It is the result of decades of instigation carried out by the extremist regime in Tehran. In the name of the people of Israel, we wish her a full and speedy recovery.”
Salman Rushdie, Iranians happy with the attack on the writer
After British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron, there was also the pain ofthe American president. “Salman Rushdie, with his vision of humanity, with his unparalleled sense of history, with his refusal to be bullied or silenced, represents essential and universal ideals. Truth. Courage. Resilience. ability to share ideas. blocks of any free and open society,” Joe Biden said in a statement. “Today, we reaffirm our commitment to these deeply American values in solidarity with Rushdie and all who support freedom of expression,” he said.
In the statement on the Salman Rushdie attack Joe Biden should have explicitly pointed the finger at Iran. This is supported by several Republican senators who attack the American president and ask him to immediately stop the nuclear negotiations in Tehran. “Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who succeeds in killing Salman Rushdie,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio from Florida tweeted. “He was stabbed in America. Why is Biden still negotiating a ‘deal’ with these terrorists in Tehran?” he attacked, referring to the Iran nuclear deal that the Biden administration been trying to restore for months. “Iranian leaders have been calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie for decades,” Republican Senator from Arkansas Tom Cotton tweeted. And conservative writer Gary Weiss called the White House memo on the attack “horrible.” “There is no mention of the size of Iran on Rushdie’s head or the reconfirmed fatwa in 2005 and 2019.” Over the years, the government in Tehran has distanced itself from the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. There has been no official reaction to the attack on the writer, but state media, like the Fars news agency, cheered and wished Salman dead. Rushdie.
“Don’t worry, you’re next”: this is the message sent via Twitter to writer JK Rowling, who after the attack on Salman Rushdie in New York State expressed his solidarity with the writer on the social platform. The dire response came from user Meer Asif Aziz, who is of Pakistani descent and describes himself as a “student and activist”. The Harry Potter saga author joked about Twitter’s guidelines against hate speech after the platform failed to remove the user’s previously flagged comment for his extremist stances. The threat elicited many reactions of condemnation coupled with invitations to prosecute the author. In the discussion generated by the case, some users pointed out that the profile no longer exists. It is not known if the platform finally intervened or if the man first deleted his account for fear of reprisals, as some users claim.
.@TwitterSupport Those are your guidelines, aren’t they?
“Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence…
“Terrorism/Violent Extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism…” pic.twitter.com/BzM6WopzHa
-JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022