“Terwyl wetstoepassers voortgaan om die aanval te ondersoek, Ek word herinner aan die verderflike magte wat poog om hierdie regte te ondermyn, insluitend deur haatspraak en aanhitsing tot geweld,” Blinken said in a statement.
“Spesifiek, Iranian state institutions have incited violence against Rushdie for generations, and state-affiliated media recently gloated about the attempt on his life. This is despicable.”
Rushdie was removed from a ventilator on Saturday and was able to say a few words, his son said. Syne 1988 boek, “The Satanic Verses,” generated controversy in Iran, where the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issue a fatwa, or ruling, calling for his death. Rushdie has lived with this threat across the decades since, including years spent living in hiding.
Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and other counts.
Iran’s government has not commented on the attack, maar state news outlets have praised die verdagte.
“A thousand bravos … to the brave and dutiful person who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York,” the Kayhan newspaper, which is overseen by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote over the weekend, volgens Reuters.
Twitter suspended Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s account in 2019 for saying that the fatwa against Rushdie was “solid and irrevocable.”
Several Republican lawmakers called on the Biden administration to end negotiations around a nuclear deal with Iran in the wake of the attack.
“Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who assassinates Salman Rushdie,” Sy. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted on Friday. “Today he was stabbed in America. Why is Biden still negotiating a ‘deal’ with these terrorists in Tehran?”