"[27][28] The long-standing conflict between the Assad government and the Palestine Liberation Organization would not end until after Hafez al-Assad's death in 2000. They activated their supporters in Parliament and the press, organized support demonstrations, and sent off prominent European Jews [to help the accused]. Tlass was born in Rastan near the city of Homs to a prominent local Sunni Muslim family on 11 May 1932. [30], Tlass opened a publishing house in Damascus. Austria undertook to defend the Jews. In his introduction, he wondered how such a terrible crime could have happened in a place like Damascus. ", "This crime was not the first of its kind. Mustafa Tlass About. [3] They have four children: Nahid (born 1958), Firas (born 1960), Manaf (born 1964), and Sarya (born 1978). [16], At the beginning of the 2000s, Tlass was also deputy prime minister in addition to his post as defense minister. [41], Mustafa Tlass and his son, Firas, both left Syria after the revolt against Assad began in 2011. Books. Thus, it is not surprising that Damascus was shocked by this loathsome crime. [3] On the other hand, members of his family also worked for the French occupiers after the First World War. The Jews abducted a Christian child and drained his blood, but because of the money they paid the Turkish ruler of Algeria, they managed to obscure the matter." [2] On the other hand, the members of his family also worked for the French occupiers after the First World War. Mustafa Tlass Military officer and politician (1932–2017) Mustafá Tlass político y militar sirio. "[21][22] In October of the same year, Tlass stated that there was no such country as Jordan, but only "South Syria". Early life and education. "[34], The succession of Bashar al-Assad, Hafez's son, seems to have been secured by a group of senior officials, including Tlass. 2. General Tlass is the son of a more prominent general, Mustafa Tlass, who was defense minister from 1972 to 2004 and a close ally of President Hafez al-Assad, Bashar al-Assad's father. Syrian senior military officer and politician who was Syria's minister of defense from 1972 to 2004. [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. [33] Tlass re-printed the book several times, and stands by its conclusions. [42], Tlass married Lamia Al Jabiri in 1958. 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. Rare. Tlass’s Book Cover Arabic, pictures. [31] He also published two-volume memoirs, namely Mirat Hayati (Reflections of my life) in 2005. "[24][25], There have been three missing Israeli soldiers in the Bekaa valley since the June 1982 war in Lebanon. Generation after generation has passed on this message of the 'treachery of the Jews. [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. "A crush on Lollobrigida benefited Italian troops", "Syria's Foreign Relations: The Palestinian Authority", Former Syrian Minister of Defense Mustafa Tlass Displays Personal Memorabilia and Reminisces about His Imaginary Affairs with Actress Gina Lollobrigida and Lady Di, "Syrian Defense Minister General Mustafa Tlas: Memoirs, Volume 2", An Anti-Jewish Book Linked to Syrian Aide, "Literature Based on Mixed Sources – Classic Blood Libel: Mustafa Tlas' Matzah of Zion". [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. 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. Syrian politician and senior military officer who most notably was Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004. Tlass is survived by his wife, Lamia (nee al-Jabiri), whom he married in 1958, and their two daughters, Nahed and Sarya, and two sons, Firas and Manaf. In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad turned to his friend and army commander, Manaf Tlass, for advice about how to respond to Arab Spring-inspired protests. [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. [2][6] He received primary and secondary education in Homs. Sadat's calamitous error, which led to his assassination, was his scorn for the national rights of the Egyptian people, and [the fact that] he had sold his land to Satan… Following the Camp David agreements, Egyptian sovereignty became partial…", © 1998-2020, The Middle East Media Research Institute All Rights Reserved. [8] A 1966 coup by an Alawite-dominated Ba'ath faction further strengthened al-Assad, and by association 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. Share. France undertook to defend the Catholics… All the sides agreed to resolve the affair in the Jewish style, by appeasing the parties with money. He is the son of the former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass and Lamia Al Jabiri, a member of an aristocratic Aleppo family. "[35], In 1991 The Matzah of Zion was translated into English. 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. Follow. [3] His hobbies are said to include horseback riding, tennis, and swimming. [2] The photo of the priest's headstone in the 1986 edition shows the inscription: "The Jews slaughtered him, [his body] was not found in its entirety… and these are the remains of his bones. They isolated themselves so as to surround themselves with mystery, so the Muslim world knew almost nothing about them. [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. Similarly, torture aimed at extracting confessions was an accepted method in those days in Europe and America, and it would be no exaggeration to say that it is still customary in these countries today. [42] It is also reported that he is in Dubai. [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. The truth about Syria in the age of fake -news and propaganda. Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian army officer and politician who served as the Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004. [18] His other party roles included the head of the party military bureau and chairman of the party military committee. [citation needed] After the debacle of an attempted Syrian intervention in the Black September conflict, the power struggle came to open conflict. [1] He was part of the four-member Regional Command during the Hafez Assad era. London based Saudi weekly, 4–10 August 1984. ", [3] The 1983 edition states that, "the investigators exposed the crime and even the covert religious motive underpinning it. [1] Yet this event had some unique elements due to the political circumstances at the time. The following is a translation (from the Arabic) of Tlass's introduction to the 1986 edition, as previously published by MEMRI in June 2002: The cover of The Matzah of Zion (image: mrmichaelstuart.com), "During the 1830s, Muhammad 'Ali, the ruler of Egypt on behalf of the Ottoman Empire, managed to unite Syria with Egypt [thus ruling both]. "I gave the Medal of the Republic's Hero, to a soldier from Aleppo, who killed 28 Jewish soldiers. He also claimed that Lady Diana wrote him letters that "were full of love and appreciation." The Jews knew these countries well. 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. [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. ", "The crime took place in Damascus, a city of tolerance and peace, just as many similar [crimes] took place in other parts of the world. He also claimed that Prince Charles gave him a gold-plated Sterling submachine gun as a gift. The foreigners divided the areas of influence among themselves. 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 … Some of these were exposed and reported in the protocols of investigations, despite all the efforts to eradicate them and hide their traces… Thus, the crime of the murder of the priest Tomas and his servant was not the first of its kind and certainly will not be the last. He reminds the Arabs that "sovereignty cannot be divided, and no foreigner must impinge upon it. 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[2], Tlass joined the Ba'ath Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. [3], Tlass was the only member of the Ba'ath government who took part in the traditional social establishment of Syria. ", "[Furthermore], the Jewish leaders in Europe and America swung into action, and exploited their financial and media influence to urge the great powers to intervene in their favor. Tlass joined the Ba'ath Party at the age of 15, and met Hafez al-Assad when studying at the military academy in Homs. I am proud of his courage and bravery, for he actually killed by himself 28 Jews by count and cash. Mustafa Tlass [Russell Jesse] on Amazon.com.au. Punishments vary according to people’s importance [36] The book also reportedly served as a "scientific" basis for a renewal of the blood libel charge in international forums. [citation needed] Tensions within the government soon became apparent, however, with al-Assad emerging as the prime proponent of a pragmatist, military-based faction opposed to the ideological radicalism of the dominant ultra-leftists. The covers of both editions show a man with his throat slashed and his blood collecting in a basin. How [could] this happen while the Jews are just a tiny minority in the heart of the societies in which they live? 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. Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian army officer and politician who served as the Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004. In February 2002 in the Jordanian daily Al Dustour stated that Tlass submitted his letter of resignation to Bashar al-Assad, and was set to step down in July 2002. 80's. Tlass was a close friend of Basil Assad, Hafez Assad's eldest son a… Fatir Sahyun [فطير صهيون] - By Mustafa Tlass. 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. 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. Tlass was born in Rastan near the city of Homs to a prominent Sunni Muslim family on 11 May 1932. He opened a publishing house: Tlass books, publishing anti-semitic writings and controversies. [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. Manaf’s father, the late Mustafa Tlass had been a pillar of the Ba’ath party establishment, unwaveringly loyal to Basher’s father, Hafez Assad, and served as his defense minister for 30-years. The West had known many similar crimes, as had Czarist Russia. [40] Tlass also quit the regional command in 2005. Former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass died on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) in Paris. Mirʼāt ḥayātī by Muṣṭafá Ṭalās ( Book ) Waṭan fī al-wafāʼ : maʻa al-ʻImād Awwal Muṣṭatá ... Mustafa Tlass Military officer and politician. [19], Tlass attempted to create a reputation for himself as a man of culture and emerged as an important patron of Syrian literature. [15], On 19 October 1999, defence minister of China, General Chi Haotian, after meeting with Mustafa Tlass in Damascus to discuss expanding military ties between Syria and China, flew directly to Israel and met with Ehud Barak, the then prime minister and defence minister of Israel where they discussed military relations. Mustafa Tlass was born on May 11, 1932 in Al-Rastan, Syrian, is Senior officer. [2], Tlass died on 27 June 2017 in Avicenne Hospital in Paris, France at the age of 85. Politicians similar to or like Mustafa Tlass. [2] She is a member of the Aleppine aristocracy. But each time, the Zionist financial, media, and political influence managed to pacify the anger and distract the people from these crimes. The accused were released from Damascus prison and went to Muhammad 'Ali Pasha's Egypt… Some 150 years have passed since that crime, and still the crime has lost nothing of its gravity, since over time the small crime has developed into a large crime, and a powerful connection remains between the two. He published several books and created the publishing company, Tlass Books. Born in a Sunni Muslim family, he joined the military academy after completing his primary and secondary education from a local school,. But the narrative in particular centers on Manaf Tlass, son of Mustafa Tlass, Hafez Assad's long-serving defense minister. He published several books of his own, and started a publishing house, Tlass Books, which has been internationally criticized[20] for publishing alleged anti-Semitic materials. Competent and formally-trained battlefield commanders entered the ranks of the fledgling rebellion, from a young relative of former Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass [vi] to Hussein Harmoush, a career officer of the Syrian army and a Colonel in the 11th armored division of Syria’s Third Corps. [17] He was also a member of Baath Party's central committee. Hafez al-Assad, an Alawite, and Mustafa Tlass, a Sunni, both came from rural peasant families. In August 1998, Tlass caused a minor uproar in Arab political circles, when he denounced Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as "the son of sixty thousand whores. Topic. [citation needed], Under cover of the 1970 "Corrective Revolution", Hafez al-Assad seized power and installed himself as Dictator. [45] Nahid Tlass has lived in Paris since the onset of Syrian uprising. Mustafa Tlass. He did not use the military weapon to kill them but utilized the ax to decapitate them. [45] His younger daughter, Sarya, is married to a Lebanese from Baalbak. ", "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]. 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Haidar’s closeness to Rifaat al-Assad, who attempted a coup d’état and made Haidar his adviser, according to what was mentioned in Mustafa Tlass’s book “Three Months Shook Syria” in the 1980s, pushed the former regime to hold him accountable and to punish him. [3] [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. Their leaders and supporters beat down the doors of the European and American rulers to [urge them] to intervene, to wipe out the traces of the crime, and to acquit the Jews of the charge. [23], Tlass had also boasted to the National Assembly about Cannibalist atrocities committed against Israeli soldiers who fell captive in the Yom Kippur war. [7] The two officers became friends when they were both stationed in Cairo during the period of 1958–1961 United Arab Republic merger between Syria and Egypt: while ardent Pan Arab nationalists, they both worked to break up the union, which they viewed as unfairly balanced in Egypt's favor. He was educated in Homs, and entered the Homs Military Academy in 1952. In addition to the loathsome crime itself, the investigation revealed grave issues regarding its motives, linked to the precepts of the Jewish religion, as set out in the Talmud...", "[Following the exposure of the crime], the Jews caused a great uproar everywhere. 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. Following the book's publication, Tlass told Der Spiegel, that this accusation against Jews was valid and that his book is "an historical study ... based on documents from France, Vienna and the American University in Beirut. According to him, the impudence shown by one of the accused Jews towards the president of the Syrian court could not have happened "without the influence of the foreigners in Syria at that time." He also claimed that since 1840, "...every mother warned her child: Do not stray far from home. Arabs' Hatred of Jews: Can the Carnage Be a Surprise? Tlass allegedly told a Saudi magazine: "We sent Israel the bones of dogs, and Israel may protest as much as it likes. [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. Another example is, "A Christian child named Henri Abd Al-Nur was abducted and his blood was drained. 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?". "[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". 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