Mehdi Khazali, the son of the conservative Ayatollah Khazali, has written on his personal website that he recently learned that President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.
Khazali notes that Ahmadinejad changed his family name from Saburjian, and says that the origins of the Saburjian family in the town of Aradan should be investigated.
Ahmadinejad's relatives had told Britain's "The Guardian" following his election that the family had changed its name for "a mixture of religious and economic reasons."
"The name change provides an insight into the devoutly Islamic working-class roots of Mr. Ahmadinejad's brand of populist politics," journalist Robert Tait wrote in "The Guardian." "The name Saborjhian derives from thread painter -- sabor in Farsi -- a once common and humble occupation in the carpet industry in Semnan Province, where Aradan is situated. Ahmad, by contrast, is a name also used for the Prophet Muhammad and means virtuous; nejad means race in Farsi, so Ahmadinejad can mean Muhammad's race or virtuous race.”
Ahmadinejad, of course, is known for his frequent slurs and threats against the Jewish state of Israel. The claim about his background should be seen in the context of a growing rift among the president's political allies, the so-called principalists, in the run-up to the June presidential election.
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Originally Posted by VEVAK
Lol your back with your propaganda about this guy. He is not anti-semetic nor does he hate jews. Everyone in Iran knows this. He has said many times that judaism and zionism are not the same.
These "Jews" that visited him in a Holocaust denial conference are banned not by Zionist Jews but by Naturei Karta themselves. Naturei Karta aren't Zionists but they strongly disagree to holocaust denial.
One of them cried in some newspaper that the Naturei Karta community banned him, that his kids have no friends, that his wife divorced him, etc...
Yeah, but Sarkozy is kissing a hot Italian babe and Ahmadinejad is kissing a Naturei Karta-reject holocaust-denying bearded nutcase. Sarkozy > Ahmadinejad.
Seriously, if you deny the Holocaust, you're anti-Semitic. No arguments, no references to Israel's actions in Gaza, no excuses. And I reserve the right to never consider the opinions of anti-Semites or any other kind of racists.
And a few pictures of Ahmadinejad fêting some crazy Holocaust-denying Jews says absolutely nothing about whether or not he loves of hates Jews in general. Sure, those men may technically be Jewish by ancestry, but they're clearly just as interested in the wholesale killing of Jews as he is. This is like a couple of black guys joining the Ku Klux Klan and helping to organise the next lynching.
I can't say whether this article's claims are true or not, though at first glance it does seem to be making a serious leap of logic from very little data. Moreover, I'm not a supporter of the school of pseudo-psychology that believes all evil men are running away from something in their past or some aspect of their identity. It is, after all, entirely possible that men like Ahmadinejad reached their views from being extremely pious in their devotion to Islam and becoming seduced by the more extreme interpretations and variations of the religion.