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Israeli PM wishes recovery to Salman Rushdie



TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has condemned the attack on famed novelist Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed at a New York literary festival, wishing him a speedy recovery.

Rushdie, 75, was about to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on Friday when he was suddenly stabbed twice by Hadi Matar, 24, of New Jersey. Rushdie’s literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told media that the author remains hospitalized and at risk of losing an eye. Rushdie also suffered liver damage and the nerves in one of his arms were severed. He has already undergone surgery.

“The attack on Salman Rushdie is an attack on our freedoms and values. It is the result of decades of incitement by the extremist regime in Tehran. On behalf of the people of Israel, we wish him a full recovery and fast,” Lapid said. said on social media on Saturday.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden said he was shocked and saddened by the “vicious” attack on Rushdie.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on social media that “what we always feared has happened” and added that his thoughts are with Rushdie’s family and loved ones.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres also wished Rushdie a speedy recovery.

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The assailant, Hadi Matar, was arrested and charged with one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of second degree assault (on a man who hosted the Friday literary event). A lawyer for Matar pleaded not guilty on his behalf during a court hearing on Saturday. Matar faces up to 25 years in prison.

US media reported, citing a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the investigation, that a preliminary review of Matar’s social media showed he had sympathies for Shia extremism and the Corps. Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).

Rushdie is a famous British-American author born in India and winner of numerous literary awards. In 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s supreme leader at the time, issued an edict calling for the murder of Rushdie, whose book “The Satanic Verses” is considered blasphemous by many Muslims.

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