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Ahmadinejad's 'Jewish Family'

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A hidden family history?
A hidden family history?
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 principlists, in the run-up to the June presidential election.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: jewish,Iran,Mahmud Ahmadinejad

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by: BigD from: NorthernWoods USA
January 27, 2009 18:39
Figures! If that is True of AHMAD, I don't Really Know! These Character Political Leaders like &quot;Hitler,&quot; of Jewish Roots, Goes Through Their Life Trying to Prove + Show that They Really What or Who They ISN'T!! That Anti-Heb-Jew Routine is a Tough Role, but<br />not a Bagel. We all know what it took to get HITLER to Give It UP, so a-HOW'S It Gonna be with AHMADINEJAD? I GUESS IT'S UP TO MAHMUD + IRAN AGAINST THE WORLD, WHICH ALWAYS IS A FATALISTIC MOTIVATOR!@

by: Lewis Sckolnick from: USA
January 27, 2009 19:24
If the name is Saburjian the <br />Guardian cannot change it in the story the way it does to make it fit as something else. Saburjian or son of patience in Turkic.<br /><br />LBS

by: Nader
January 28, 2009 06:24
I knew it. He is a Mossad agent. Now it all makes sense. The way he is destroying the country's economy and reputation.

by: Edward from: London
January 28, 2009 11:14
Ahmadinejad is not anti-Jewish. He wants to wipe Israel off the map. Israel's days are over. Iranian power is nearing its peak and world has been kept in ignorance about it by our mass media... http://ayatollah.blog.co.uk/

by: Nancy Leah Dudwick from: United States
January 28, 2009 16:04
The sad truth is that there are many self-hating Jews and they take every step possible to prove that they aren't Jewish. <br />

by: Florida Jim from: Florida
January 28, 2009 16:34
Didn't Hitler have Jewish roots, as named Schickelgruber before Hitler?

by: mike from: berlin
January 28, 2009 19:12
Who cares about this idiot.

by: Allah from: Mecca
January 28, 2009 21:18
Ahmadinejad is a Mossad agent!

by: DENNIS JUNIOR from: USA
January 28, 2009 23:37
I think that it is truly a good day, that Ahmadinejad (Iranian President) has a Jewish Family....

by: Hookey
January 29, 2009 01:51
Wow, the U.S. propaganda machine never takes a break. What next? Shiaism is just another branch of Judaism - wait...that's Al-Qaeda's line. Incredible how the U.S. and Al-Qaeada's propaganda seem to be converging to a very anti-semitic dead end.
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