Skip to comments.Were Ahmadinejad's Ancestors Jews?
Posted on 01/27/2009 3:32:28 PM PST by RedDogzRule
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.
Well this could be fun.
Or Hitler, per rumors.
There were rumors that Hitler was one-quarter Jewish and that his grandmother, Maria Schicklgruber, became pregnant while working as a servant in a Jewish household. The implications of these rumors were politically explosive for the proponent of a racist and antisemitic ideology. Opponents tried to prove that Hitler had Jewish or Czech ancestors. Although these rumors were never confirmed, for Hitler they were reason enough to conceal his origins. According to Robert G. L. Waite in The Psychopathic God: Adolf Hitler, Hitler made it illegal for German women to work in Jewish households, and after the “Anschluss” (annexation) of Austria, Hitler turned his father’s hometown into an artillery practice area. Waite says that Hitler’s insecurities in this regard may have been more important than whether Judaic ancestry could have been proven by his peers.
maybe this is a little better....
mahmoud yahoodi hast
che ghalati bokonad
He doesn’t look Jewish, but he does look like Kucinich.
If not we should support and foster the rumor.
An ultimate insult in those places.
wipe his own...
I don’t know for sure, but “Saburjian,” the original family name cited in the article, looks more “Armenian” than “Jewish” to me. That would probably carry a lot of negative baggage in Iran, too, but it would definitely be different from Jewish ancestry.
Other elected national leaders have also gone out of their way to conceal their origins.
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