NEWS: A New Row over Ahmadinejad’s Jewish Origins

AhmadinejadThe ever-controversial Iranian president has once again made the news. Just a few days after his renewed attack on Israel, The Daily Telegraph has published a piece which allegedly uncovers Ahmadinejad’s Jewish background. According to the British newspaper, a close analysis of a photograph of Ahmadinejad’s identity card ”reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver”. Apparently, the family changed its name to Ahmadinejad once they converted to Islam, a common practice in contemporary Iran. The Daily Telegraph has learnt from the experts that Sabourjian ”is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran’s Ministry of the Interior”. While Ahmadinejad has not denied his family changed its name when they left the provincial town of Aradan for Tehran in the 1950s, he has never given any reason for the change. Earlier this year, some opponents of Iran’s hard-line president had accused him of being a Crypto-Jew who has a hidden agenda to destroy Shi’ism and to serve Zionism by making unnecessary sensationalist statements about Holocaust. Read full story here, here, and here.

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