Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

Sir Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck by a man Friday who rushed onto the stage as he was delivering a lecture in west New York wanted to.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man confront Sir Salman on the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and began punching or stabbing him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced.

The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the ground and the man was arrested.

Sir Salman was taken to a hospital by helicopter, state police said. His condition was not immediately known.

Rabbi Charles Savenor was among the hundreds of listeners. Taking a deep breath, the spectators were led out of the open-air amphitheater.

“This guy ran onto the platform and started hitting Mr. Rushdie. First you ask, “What’s going on?” And then in a few seconds it became abundantly clear that he was being beaten,” Rabbi Savenor said. He said the attack lasted about 20 seconds.


Author Salman Rushdie is cared for after being attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution (Joshua Goodman/AP)

A bloodied Sir Salman was quickly surrounded by a small group of people holding up his legs, presumably to send more blood to his chest.

Sir Salman was a prominent spokesman for free speech and liberal causes. He’s a former president of PEN America who said he stumbled “in shock and horror” at the attack.

“We cannot imagine a comparable incident of a public violent attack on a literary author on American soil,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.

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“Salman Rushdie has been targeted for his words for decades but has never flinched or hesitated,” she added.

His 1988 book The Satanic Verses was considered blasphemous by many Muslims. Often violent protests against Sir Salman erupted around the world, including a riot that killed 12 people in Mumbai.


Author Salman Rushdie lectured at the Chautauqua Institution (Joshua Goodman/AP)

The novel was banned in Iran, where the late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, in 1989 calling for Sir Salman’s death.

A bounty of over US$3million (about £2.5million today) has also been offered for anyone who kills the British-Indian author.

The death threats and bounty prompted Sir Salman to go into hiding under a UK government protection scheme, including a 24-hour armed guard.

Sir Salman emerged after nine years of seclusion and cautiously resumed more public appearances, while maintaining his outspoken criticism of religious extremism overall.

The Iranian government has long distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingers.

The Index on Censorship, an organization promoting free speech, said money was raised to increase the reward for his killing as recently as 2016, underscoring that the fatwa for his death still stands.

In 2012, Sir Salman published a treatise, Joseph Anton, on the fatwa. The title comes from the pseudonym Rushdie used while in hiding.

Sir Salman was best known for his 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight’s Children, but his name became known around the world after The Satanic Verses.

The Chautauqua Institution, about 55 miles southwest of Buffalo in rural New York, is known for its summer lecture series.

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