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Harry Potter author JK Rowling receives death threats for Salman Rushdie Tweet


Author JK Rowling said on Saturday that police were investigating a potential death threat after a Twitter user hinted at a possible target to her in response to her posts about the stabbing of novelist Salman Rushdie during a a literary event in New York. Rushdie, who has long faced death threats for his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses”, was stabbed in the neck and chest by Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from Fairview, New Jersey. The incident took place 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s first supreme leader, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to kill the novelist and anyone involved in publishing the book for blasphemy.

Following the attack on the author on Friday, the “Harry Potter” author in a tweet expressed his disbelief on Twitter. “Terrifying news. I feel very sick right now. Let it be okay,” she said.

Rowling then posted screenshots of replies to her tweet by user Meer Asif Aziz who gave information about attacker Hadi Matar and said he was a “revolutionary Shia fighter who followed the fatwa of late ayotallah rohullah khomeini”.

In another tweet from the author about the attack on Rushdie, Aziz responded to Rowling saying, “Don’t worry, you’re next.” Rowling tagged Twitter’s support team and asked for help given the threat.

Shortly after, the British author thanked her supporters who had raised security concerns and said she had received help and police were looking into the threat and information. “To everyone sending messages of support: thank you 💕 Police are involved (was involved in other threats before),” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Iran-backed Lebanese armed group Hezbollah said it was not involved in the attack on Salman Rushdie and had no further information. “We don’t know anything about it, so we won’t comment,” the official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The attacker, Matar, is of Lebanese descent and his family is from the southern Lebanese city of Yaroun, Yaroun Mayor Ali Tehfe told Reuters. Matar’s parents emigrated to the United States and he was born and raised there, Tehfe said. When asked if Matar or his parents were affiliated with or supported Hezbollah, Tehfe said he had “no information” about the parents’ or Matar’s political views while living abroad.

Iranian state media praised Matar after the Rushdie attack. The Kayhan newspaper, whose editor is appointed by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote: “A thousand cheers…to the courageous and dedicated person who attacked the apostate and evil Salman Rushdie in New York,” adding: “The hand of the man who tore the neck of the enemy of God must be kissed”. The headline of the radical newspaper Vatan Emrooz read: “A knife in the neck of Salman Rushdie”. The daily Khorasan headlined: “Satan on his way to hell”.

Rushdie was on a ventilator and unable to speak after the incident. His agent Andrew Wylie said “the news is not good”. “Salman will probably lose an eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” he said in a statement.

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