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Salman Rushdie Says Hamas Would Make Palestine a ‘Taliban State’

Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie, the world famous (some might say infamous) author, issued a dire warning about what a future Palestinian state would be like should it be ruled by Hamas. In an interview with Germany’s Bild magazine, Rushdie said that should this happen then it would be nothing better than yet another “Taliban state.”

Rushdie only recently recovered from a murder attempt. In 2022 he in Chautauqua, New York, Salman Rushdie was attacked by a man who rushed onto the stage and stabbed him repeatedly, including in the face, neck and stomach.

Rushdie was born in India to a Muslim family but does not practice the religion.

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“They (anti-Israel protestors) demand free Palestine – liberate Palestine,” he told Bild, adding that he himself has “been in favor of a separate Palestinian state most of my life.”

However, Salman Rushdie added, “But if there were a Palestinian state now, it would be run by Hamas and we would have a Taliban-like state. A satellite state of Iran. Is this what the progressive movements of the Western Left want to create?”

And Salman Rushdie also criticized all of the demonbstrations held around the world for being one sided.

“The fact is that any normal person can only be shocked by what is happening in Gaza right now, by the level of innocent deaths,” Salman Rushdie stated. “But I think the demonstrators could also mention Hamas. Because it all started with them. And Hamas is a terrorist organization. And it’s strange that a young progressive student politician supports a fascist terrorist group, because in a way they do.”

Salman Rusdie also accused many of the demonstrators of being anti-Semitic.

“There are not a lot of deep thoughts about this, but mainly an emotional reaction to the deaths in Gaza. That’s OK. But when it slides into anti-Semitism and sometimes even support for Hamas, then it becomes problematic.”

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist who’s known for works combining magic realism and historical fiction. He is probably best known for the novel “The Satanic Verses,” which was published in 1988. At that time Rushdie faced death threats and a fatwa (Islamic religious decree)calling for his death that was made by the Iranian leaders over what they said was the heretical content of the book.

Since then Salman Rushdie was forced to spend most of his life in hiding and/or under special protection.



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