Interestingly, rather than flatly deny the charge when asked about it, the Iranian embassy in London simply refused to comment. This is actually old news, sort of: The Guardian reported on the name change all the way back in 2005, shortly after Dinnerjacket became president, but there’s nothing in their account about the Jewish roots of the name “Sabourjian.” The closest they get is an oblique acknowledgement that the name was changed “for a mixture of religious and economic reasons, relatives say.”
A photograph of the Iranian president holding up his identity card during elections in March 2008 clearly shows his family has Jewish roots.
A close-up of the document reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver.
The short note scrawled on the card suggests his family changed its name to Ahmadinejad when they converted to embrace Islam after his birth.
The Sabourjians traditionally hail from Aradan, Mr Ahmadinejad’s birthplace, and the name derives from “weaver of the Sabour”, the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl in Persia. The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran’s Ministry of the Interior…
Experts last night suggested Mr Ahmadinejad’s track record for hate-filled attacks on Jews could be an overcompensation to hide his past…
The Iranian leader has not denied his name was changed when his family moved to Tehran in the 1950s. But he has never revealed what it was change from or directly addressed the reason for the switch.
And the conversion happened AFTER he was born. So in effect, Ahmadinejad was born a Jew. The world’s most notorious Holocaust-denier comes from a Jewish family.