The story has been circulating for a while but the UK Telegraph discusses how his family name was previously Sabourjian – a Jewish name meaning cloth weaver (as shown on his passport).
The article continues that “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.”
The blog Solomonia adds “So the Sabourjians changed their religion and their name under pressure to pass, and young “Mahmoud” has been overcompensating ever since. Amazing. He couldn’t just get a nose job and a little plastic surgery? .. The phenomenon of Jews denouncing other Jews and being their own worst critics (and I do mean worst) is a well known one, in history down to the present day — whether it’s those who profess to still identify with the faith, as with some members of Jewish Voice for Peace (most have long since substituted Marxism for their religion and simply live off genetics), those whose parents converted (as with Marx), or those who converted out themselves and now prove their bona fides by trashing their former co-religionists. One thing’s for sure, this is just more proof that there’s something about those Jews — always prime movers on every side of world-historical events and movements. In fact, maybe that’s it! Ahmadinejad (nee Sabourjian) is just a ZIonist under deep cover, agitating for a war to bring about Iran’s ultimate defeat and the massive expansion of Greater Israel’s borders. Think about it, fever swampers.”
The revelation of course brings new meaning to the amusing video you may have seen a while back advertising US Birthright tours