Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ahmadinejad Is Jewish?

MI6 confirms Ahmadinejad's Jewish roots
Iranian Embassy: 'It's not something we would ever talk about'

October, 5 2009

Ahmadinejad and his records (London Telegraph)

By Gordon Thomas

LONDON – MI6, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, has confirmed that the greatest living Holocaust denier, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, comes from a Jewish family whose genetic line stretches back hundreds of years and whose members came to Iran when Cyrus the Great liberated them from slavery in Babylon in 593 BC.

The man who has spent his years in power calling for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth has managed to keep totally secret his family history until now.

Family members worshiped at the synagogue in Aradan, a small country town where they were known as "Sabourjian" – a Jewish surname meaning cloth weaver.

The 52-year-old Iranian president was born in a small house above the family cloth-weaving workshop where he was introduced to the tenets of the faith. They baked their bread for Sabbath, and celebrated all the Jewish festivals.

By the age of four his friends were children of a mixture of Hassadin, Orthodox and Marmos Jews. Like his friends he was circumcised.

Since Ahmadinejad came to power he has taken extraordinary steps to hide his background as he shocked the world with his calls for Israel to be destroyed.

Some intelligence analysts have said that his determination to build nuclear weapons is rooted in his wish to hide the truth about his ancestry.

MI6 has discovered that Iran's ruthless Revolutionary Guards have posted their own agents in Aradan. Members of the family have been moved to an undisclosed area in Iran, said an MI6 source.

The family name – Sabourjian – has been excised from the local synagogue records. It meant "Weaver of the Sabour," which is the Jewish Tallit shawl worn in what was Persia.

But MI6 has discovered that the description remains on the list of names for Iranian Jews held in Iran's Ministry of the Interior.

Iran is home to the largest population of Jews in the Middle East outside Israel. There are more than 20,000 in the country.

On the whole the community faces little discrimination and members are treated like the Armenian, Assyrian and Zoroastrian faiths.

Nevertheless, Ahmadinejad has taken deliberate steps to distance himself from the Jewish community since he changed his name from Sabourjian when his family moved to Tehran in the 1980's.

Ali Nourrizaded of the Center for Arab and Iranian Studies in London, said: "This aspect of Ahmadinejad's background explains a lot about him. Every family that converts into a different religion usually condemns their old faith. By making anti-Israeli statements, he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections. He feels vulnerable in a radical Shia society."

An MI6 linguist, retained to analyze Ahmadinejad's outbursts against Israel, said: "The 'inejad' ending to the name specifically indicates the family had been practicing Jews."

A spokesman for the Iranian Embassy in London, Ron Gidor, said: "It's not something we would ever talk about."

But it now will become the subject of intense interests in Western diplomatic circles.

Hours after MI6 confirmed its findings, Mehdi Khazali, an Internet blogger in Tehran who had called for an investigation into the president's background, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards.

Ahmadinejad, a qualified engineer with a doctorate in traffic management and the outspoken voice of hatred against Israel, may now find himself facing further embarrassing questions about his background.

Gordon Thomas is the author of the newly published, Secret Wars: One Hundred Years Of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6.

This is a first in that I have not written this blog! It would be no suprise to me if Ahmandinejad is a Jew--there are many "Arabs" who are in fact Jewish, some of these "Arabs" know they are Jewish--many do not; and there are many "Jews" who are in fact Arabs, some knowing and many not. While it is true that Persians are not Arab--not everyone in Iran is Persian--many are in fact Arab.

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