Share. Mustafa Tlass strived to be seen as a man of culture. Tlass was born in Rastan in 1964. [40] Tlass also quit the regional command in 2005. ", [4] At the end of his introduction Tlass thanks his comrade-in-arms Col. Bassam 'Assali, who was his "right hand in preparing the book." [However], it rapidly overcame its ignorance about [the Jews]... and now every mother warns [her son]: 'Be careful not to stray far from home, lest the Jew comes, puts you in his sack, takes you, and slaughters you and drains your blood in order to prepare the 'matza of Zion' [the Passover matzos].' The most reasonable explanation is that the blood was taken to be kneaded into the dough of extremist Jews to be used in matzahs to be devoured during Passover. [42] Mustafa Tlass left for France for what he described as medical treatment. [1] In the footnotes to the introduction, Tlass mentions several other cases: "An incident of this type took place in Algeria in the mid-18th century. [However,] the Jews did not settle for this, but sought to wipe out what was written on Father Tomas's grave in the Franciscan church: 'Here lie the bones of the Capuchin missionary Father Tomas, murdered by the Jews on February 5, 1840'…"[2], "The 1840 incident recurred several times in the 20th century when the Zionists carried out the mass crimes in Palestine and Lebanon – acts that shocked the conscience of good people all over the world and were condemned by world public opinion. As'ad AbuKhalil argues that Mustafa Tlass was well-suited for Hafez al-Assad as a defense minister in that "he had no power base, he was mediocre, and he had no political skills, and his loyalty to his boss was complete. [3] They have four children: Nahid (born 1958), Firas (born 1960), Manaf (born 1964), and Sarya (born 1978). The younger Tlass, a general in the Syrian Republican Guard, defected to the opposition early in the war but was sidelined there, unable to find a new role. "I gave the Medal of the Republic's Hero, to a soldier from Aleppo, who killed 28 Jewish soldiers. [5] Tlass is said to also have some Alawite family connections through his mother. Early life and education. [31] He also published two-volume memoirs, namely Mirat Hayati (Reflections of my life) in 2005. Instead of being punished, the Zionists received a reward...: great financial aid and horrifying stockpiles of advanced weaponry. In his introduction, he wondered how such a terrible crime could have happened in a place like Damascus. In 1991, when Syria was participating on the Coalition side in the Gulf War, he stated that he felt "an overwhelming joy" when Saddam Hussein sent SCUD-missiles towards Israel. Syrian senior military officer and politician who was Syria's minister of defense from 1972 to 2004. They pressured those of the accused who confessed and threatened them so they would withdraw their confessions… Similarly, the national authorities [in Syria], which oversaw the investigation, were accused of using torture to extract confessions from the accused [Jews]… If indeed torture took place, it was the acts of individuals with no connection whatsoever to Islamic law. He is the son of the former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass and Lamia Al Jabiri, a member of an aristocratic Aleppo family. [42] Firas, a business tycoon, left Syria for Egypt in 2011, too. Mustafa Tlass is similar to these politicians: Ali Habib Mahmud, Dawoud Rajiha, Salah Jadid and more. Businessman Firas Tlass is his elder brother. Tlass, who served as defense minister in 1972-2004, joined the Syrian Ba'th Party in 1972 after participating in the 1966 Neo-Ba'th coup that ousted president Amin Al-Hafiz. ", [3] The 1983 edition states that, "the investigators exposed the crime and even the covert religious motive underpinning it. Tlass was a close friend of Basil Assad, Hafez Assad's eldest son a… "[21][22] In October of the same year, Tlass stated that there was no such country as Jordan, but only "South Syria". Mustafa Abdul Qadir Tlass (Arabic: مُصْطَفَى عَبْد الْقَادِر طَلَاس‎, romanized: Musṭafā ʿAbd al-Qādir Ṭalās; 11 May 1932 – 27 June 2017) was a Syrian senior military officer and politician who was Syria's minister of defense from 1972 to 2004. [3], During the 1960s, Hafez al-Assad rose to prominence in the Syrian government through the 1963 coup d'état, backed by the Ba'ath party. How have these societies ignored this hate-saturated minority?… Perhaps the atmosphere of tolerance instituted by the Muslim Arabs is what allowed the Jews to live in complete freedom in the Muslim Arab lands. Rare. The second edition features a Menorah, the Jewish symbol, cutting the victim's throat. The story is … [citation needed] When Hafez al-Assad was briefly imprisoned by Nasser at the breakup of the union, Tlass fled and rescued his wife and sons to Syria. ", "They [convinced] the Austrian consul to intervene in the investigation in favor of some of the accused, on the pretext that they were Austrian subjects… Similarly, they exploited the tolerance of the Egyptian authorities and the French consul [in Istanbul], and contacted the accused to urge them to deny [all charges]. [29], In an interview which aired RT on 8 June 2009 (as translated by MEMRI), Tlass claimed that actress Gina Lollobrigida had once told him that he was the "one love in my life." "[33][34], Regarding the book, Tlass has stated that "I intend through publication of this book to throw light on some secrets of the Jewish religion based on the conduct of the Jews and their fanaticism" and that both Eastern and Western civilizations threw Jews into ghettos only after recognizing their "destructive badness". [citation needed], In 1998, Syrian Defense Minister Tlass boasted to Al Bayan newspaper that he was the one who gave the green light to "the resistance" in Lebanon to attack and kill 241 US marines and 58 French paratroopers, but that he prevented attacks on the Italian soldiers of the multi-national force because "I do not want a single tear falling from the eyes of [Italian actress] Gina Lollobrigida, whom [I] loved ever since my youth. Antisemitic book in which he tried to prove the truths of the blood libel published against Jews. The “highly-regarded” Syrian defense minister Mustafa Tlass is the loathsome creep who wrote The Matzah of Zion, a book that presents the Damascus blood libel (that Jews use the blood of young Arabs to bake matzah bread) as historical fact. [citation needed], In 2000, the widow and children of Ira Weinstein who was killed in a February 1996 Hamas suicide bombing, filed a lawsuit against Tlass and the head of Syrian military intelligence in Lebanon, Ghazi Kanaan, charging that they were responsible for providing the perpetrators with material resources and training. [2] In 1952, he entered the Homs Military Academy. Tlass was promoted to minister of defense in 1972, and became one of al-Assad's most trusted loyalists during the following 30 years of one-man rule in Syria. In a move deliberately calculated to antagonize the Soviet Union to stay out of the succession dispute then going on in Syria, Mustafa Tlass allowed himself to be photographed waving Mao Zedong's Little Red Book, just two months after bloody clashes between Chinese and Soviet armies on the Ussuri river. Tlass authored several books, including the antisemitic best-seller The Matzah of Zion (1983), which repeats the Damascus blood libel of 1840, namely the allegation that the Jewish community perpetrated the ritual murder of a Christian priest in … [45] Nahid Tlass has lived in Paris since the onset of Syrian uprising. Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party – Syria Region, "The Man who Enraged the Palestinians: Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas", "Syria is bigger than individuals, says defected brigadier", "Bashar's Syria: The Regime and its Strategic Worldview", "Stability and economic recovery after Assad: key steps for Syria's post-conflict transition", "With that history, why did we think Syria would fall?". Mirʼāt ḥayātī by Muṣṭafá Ṭalās ( Book ) Waṭan fī al-wafāʼ : maʻa al-ʻImād Awwal Muṣṭatá ... Mustafa Tlass Military officer and politician. Tlass's book is known to be influential in international antisemitic circles as a reliable source of information on "ritual murder by the Jews." Tlass joined the Ba'ath Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. France undertook to defend the Catholics… All the sides agreed to resolve the affair in the Jewish style, by appeasing the parties with money. [3], Tlass also wrote books about Syria's military and political history and also books of poetry, general Arab history, and a history of the military tactics used by Muhammad. Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian army officer and politician who served as the Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004. [4] His paternal grandmother was of Circassian origin and his mother was of Turkish descent. He published several books and created the publishing company, Tlass Books. For them, like many men in third world countries, … [17] He was also a member of Baath Party's central committee. On his retirement in 2005, Mustafa Tlass published his two-volume memoirs, entitled ‘Mirat Hayati,’ translated as Reflection… [33] Tlass re-printed the book several times, and stands by its conclusions. Mustafa Tlass In 1983, Mustafa Tlass, Syria’s defense minister, wrote a book in which he a ritual murder committed by the Jews of Damascus in 1840. [9][10][11] In a move deliberately calculated to antagonize the Soviet Union to stay out of the succession dispute then going on in Syria, Mustafa Tlass allowed himself to be photographed waving Mao Zedong's Little Red Book, just two months after bloody clashes between Chinese and Soviet armies on the Ussuri river. He opened a publishing house: Tlass books, publishing anti-semitic writings and controversies. [7] His marriage secured his position among the traditional elite and enabled him to advance socially. [43], In July 2012, Manaf Tlass, a Syrian officer and another son of Mustafa, defected from the Assad government and fled to Turkey and then to France. Hafez al-Assad, an Alawite, and Mustafa Tlass, a Sunni, both came from rural peasant families. Mustafa Tlasswas the first person who tries to find out pre-Ba'ath Syria objectively. '", "[In the meantime] a state arose for the Jews in Al-Sham [Greater Syria]. [1] Yet this event had some unique elements due to the political circumstances at the time. This sparked a grave international crisis because of the dangers this unification posed to European interests… During this stormy time, Damascus was shocked by a terrible crime – the priest Tomas Al-Kaboushi [the Capuchin] fell victim to a group of Jews who sought to drain his blood to prepare baked goods for their Yom Kippur holiday [sic]. [3] In 1983, Mustafa Tlass, Syria’s defense minister, wrote a book in which he a ritual murder committed by the Jews of Damascus in 1840. He was educated in Homs, and entered the Homs Military Academy in 1952. Fatir Sahyun [فطير صهيون] - By Mustafa Tlass. [2] His father, Abdul Qadir Tlass, was a minor Sunni noble who made a living during the Ottoman period by selling ammunition to the Turkish garrisons. [2] On the other hand, the members of his family also worked for the French occupiers after the First World War. Three Must-Read Books on Syria. [41], Mustafa Tlass and his son, Firas, both left Syria after the revolt against Assad began in 2011. He then promoted Tlass to high-ranking military and party positions. [38], Whether true or not, Tlass and his supporters were viewed by many as opponents of the discreet liberalization pursued by the younger al-Assad, and to maintain Syria's hardline foreign policy stances; but also as fighting for established privileges, having been heavily involved in government corruption. He reminds the Arabs that "sovereignty cannot be divided, and no foreigner must impinge upon it. Tlass authored several books, including the antisemitic best-seller The Matzah of Zion (1983), which repeats the Damascus blood libel of 1840, namely the allegation that the Jewish community perpetrated the ritual murder of a Christian priest in order to use his blood to bake Passover matzah. [18] His other party roles included the head of the party military bureau and chairman of the party military committee. The first edition's cover displayed a group of Jewish people carrying out the murder, sketched to look 'Jewish' according to Nazi depictions. Syrian politician and senior military officer who most notably was Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004. Plus, he wrote poems and history. Generation after generation has passed on this message of the 'treachery of the Jews. The investigation proved the Jews' responsibility [for the crime] but they bribed the rulers and obscured the signs of the crime." "[26], During his career, Tlass also became known for colorful language. Tlass was born in Rastan near the city of Homs to a prominent local Sunni Muslim family on 11 May 1932. Egyptian producer Munir Radhi subsequently decided it was the ideal "Arab answer" to the film Schindler's List and later announced plans to produce a film adaptation of The Matzah of Zion. [29] However, in 2004, Tlass was replaced by Hasan Turkmani as defense minister. 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