Sunday, October 4, 2009

Iran's Ahmadinejad may have Jewish past

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past. The focus of my comment is not his past, but what his and others past like his makes them do.

An interesting observation is made in this news paper, “Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning their old faith.”

This statement needs to be explored further and see if there is any truth to it or not.

There have been many such instances to be reckoned. Recently there was an anti-gay Pastor Paul Barnes of Metro Church in Denver who admits Homosexual Relationships in his life. Newt Gingrich had the balls to go after Bill Clinton while he was cheating on his wife. The New Life Mega Church’s Ted Haggard was the gay pastor who had a male prostituted in Denver and had made extremely hateful pronouncements against gays and lesbians. Even in the business world the former employees have gone on head on collisions like Burger King against McDonalds etc.

There are many Muslims who have moved out of Islam and act and manufacture hate against their former faith; Wafa Sultan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Walid Shoebat, Taslima Nasrin and a host of them. They are transfering their personal bad experience on to a whole group of people, their family or the little community is to be blamed if they wer mistreated, not their nation or their faith. No one should fall for this stereotyping.

However the Neocon* extremists pick these available men and women to parade them to promote their hate agenda.

What is the dividend for Ahmedinejad in being hateful towards Israel or Jews? Is he appeasing the Iranian Neocons? Is the media falsifying his statements, per Juan Cole they have falsified his statment he made about Holocaust, originally I condemned Ahmedinejad for denying Holocaust? But now I want to find the truth if our Media has done it again as they have done with so many other things.

What does Netanyahu’s hate for Palestinian translate into? We need to understand these men who hate others. We need to ask these men if they have the absolute power, would they be templted to annihilate the other? Is it their personal vendetta at works here?

Neoconic attitudes are shaped by the fear that their life is at risk if others exist, if they can, they will wipe every one off from the face of the earth who ever differs from them. They are powered by the arrogance of power and don't see the need to dialogue and find resolutions for sustainable peace for theri people. They trust their Gun power but invoke God in vain, they do not want to dialogue, as it may settle them down. * Neocons redefined -

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's vitriolic attacks on the Jewish world hide astonishing secret, evidence uncovered by The Daily Telegraph shows.

By Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat
Published: 7:30AM BST 03 Oct 2009

Ahmadinejad showing papers during election. It shows that his family's previous name was Jewish

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.

Ali Nourizadeh, of the Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies, said: "This aspect of Mr Ahmadinejad's background explains a lot about him. "Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning 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."

A London-based expert on Iranian Jewry said that "jian" ending to the name specifically showed the family had been practising Jews.

"He has changed his name for religious reasons, or at least his parents had," said the Iranian-born Jew living in London. "Sabourjian is well known Jewish name in Iran."

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in London said it would not be drawn on Mr Ahmadinejad's background. "It's not something we'd talk about," said Ron Gidor, a spokesman.
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.

Relatives have previously said a mixture of religious reasons and economic pressures forced his blacksmith father Ahmad to change when Mr Ahmadinejad was aged four.

The Iranian president grew up to be a qualified engineer with a doctorate in traffic management. He served in the Revolutionary Guards militia before going on to make his name in hardline politics in the capital.

During this year's presidential debate on television he was goaded to admit that his name had changed but he ignored the jibe.

However Mehdi Khazali, an internet blogger, who called for an investigation of Mr Ahmadinejad's roots was arrested this summer.

Mr Ahmadinejad has regularly levelled bitter criticism at Israel, questioned its right to exist and denied the Holocaust. British diplomats walked out of a UN meeting last month after the Iranian president denounced Israel's 'genocide, barbarism and racism.'

Benjamin Netanyahu made an impassioned denunciation of the Iranian leader at the same UN summit. "Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium," he said. "A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies the murder of six million Jews while promising to wipe out the State of Israel, the State of the Jews. What a disgrace. What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations."

Mr Ahmadinejad has been consistently outspoken about the Nazi attempt to wipe out the Jewish race. "They have created a myth today that they call the massacre of Jews and they consider it a principle above God, religions and the prophets," he declared at a conference on the holocaust staged in Tehran in 2006.

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  1. What holocaust and why make it a great happening for the rest of the world when the guilt must be shared and made good by the western nations guilty of the said inhumanity?
    The cruelty and injustice of depriving the Palestinians of their homes and lands to atone for the Europeans' crimes against the Jews, could have best been resolved by resettling them in the wide and yet un-inhabited spaces of the United States.

    But, no; they had to have an additional 'Sentinal' in the heart of the colonized oil-rich Middle East, where imposed Rulers are hoisted and supported to keep the Muslim populations under subjugation and deprived of the right to shape their life and polities according to their beliefs and aspirations.

    A full cycle of history has to run its course when these wretched and accursed people will meet their ignominous end, alongwith the cruel imperialism of the West.

    Time and tide wait for none. Muslims have paid and are paying for their heresy of abandoning the teaching of Rasul Allah (saw) and Allah (swt)'s Grace in the form of The Guidance - Qur'an Ul Karim. Their centuries long sufferings have only added to their agony; they must retread their heretic disavowal of Islam and abandon the present-day practised Islam - the Golden Calf created and perpetuated by Malukiyat, Clergy and the treacherous vested interests. Regardless of the spread of time, this must happen as it is destined in the march of mankind. God Bless us for re-examining our past and re-appraising our directionless wanderings...

    Our enlightened sons must share their thoughts and re-evaluate our history. We need to awaken and educate our people to revert to Qur'an for its study, interpretation and application in our lives and polity.
    So help us God, amen: Sher Suleman

  2. This is a frivolous and wasteful effort on this Blog. The President of Iran is an elected head of State who dares to call "spade, a spade" and expressed the will of a people who threw away the gauntlet of the West's imposed tyrennical'Shahinshaiyat' despite all the latter's might doing their utmost to perpetuate it.

    Ahmadinejad, is a leader of some abilities and is servibng the best interests of the People of Iran. Your abetting the cheap and meaninglessly absurd Western propoganda against him, does him no dis-service.

    Let the West do whatever they do and suffer its ugly consequences; your forum must, in no way, assist or even accord any importance to it. The world of Islam is up against their own defaults as well as the their enemies & their interests. Given the time, all wrong must get righted, injustices rectified and people libertaed from the tyrrenical subjugation of the West. So be it, amen. Sher Suleman

  3. What is wrong with having a jewish background? Are we so bigoted? Jews are humans as much as we Muslims and Mike, I thought a lot more of you than this!

    Ahmadinejad is Iran's President, a nation who has spine enough to stand upto the United States' criminally devious and exploitative policies for others.

    US nuclear weapons are no threat to world peace nor are those of Israel! Only when Iranians strive to develop their nuclear program regardless of its any weapon connotation, it becomes a threat to US security!!
    For God's sake, Mike, please don't soil your good work of a life time by letting such propoganda get anywhere near you or your work-effort.

    Even if Ahmadinejad was a Jew and the Iranians elected him their President, how should it alarm the US or hurt their sensitivities?

    Have a heart!!! Sher Suleman

  4. Salam,

    Mike appears to have lost his apetite to write on good subjects, provocative ones. Now he writes how about people's past and there attempt to hide it! Trust me Mike, when people embrace Islam, they never hide their old belief. Infact it will give us more pleasure if a former Jew embraced Islam and even Allah will reward him twice-one for being a believer Jew and then for saying aye to Mohammad (pbuh).

    Only Mike would tell if Daniel Pearl was a muslim, or all anti muslim americans or westerners are ex muslims?

    Mike stop criticising Ahmedinejad or even Bin Laden because Fox and CNN do it. I wonder why you and your friends didn't cry out aloud the name of Bush, Blair, Saddam, Karzai, Musharraf, Zardari as worst human beings instead of Bin Laden against who there isn't yet a single proof of committing 911?

    Khalid Faridi