American Jewish Committee today issued this statement following the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie in Chautauqua, NY.

"If the attack on Salman Rushdie is connected to the Iranian "fatwa" calling for his execution, it is one more link in the chain of murder and attempted murder that originates in Tehran under the mullahs. For decades, we’ve seen hard evidence of Iran’s sponsorship of terror, from the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut to the Israeli Embassy and AMIA bombings in Buenos Aires, the Mykonos restaurant killings in Berlin, and just in recent days the thwarted attack against Iranian women's rights activist Masih Alinejad, and the assassination plot against former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The violence Iran inspires and encourages crosses every possible red line. We must all condemn egregious attacks like this, as we wish Salman Rushdie a swift recovery.”

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