NEW YORK (Aug. 17)
The Canadian Ambassador to Syria has complained to Syrian authorities in Damascus about the publication of Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas’s anti-Semitic book which revives the myth of the blood libel.
In a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Joe Clark, Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs, said Ambassador Jacques Noiseux has met the Syrian Minister of Information and Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs to convey Canada’s displeasure with the publication, the Los Angeles-based Wiesenthal Center told the JTA here.
Syrian officials informed Noiseux that Tlas’s book does not represent the official view of the Syrian government, according to Clark’s letter.
The Center sent copies of excerpts from Tlas’s book, “The Matzah of Zion,” to the Canadian, American, British and French governments and called for official protests against this blatantly anti-Semitic and false literature.
The Wiesenthal Center has also sent letters to the president of the Sorbonne University of Paris urging the institution to bar an upcoming doctoral thesis by Tlas on Soviet strategy.