Contrary to the Telegraph story that we noted over the weekend, Meir Javedanfar makes the case that Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots. Javendafar demonstrates that Ahmadinejad is a native Persian and Shiite disgrace. Javendafar reports:
Ahmadinejad’s father Ahmad was in fact a religious Shia, who taught the Quran before and after Ahmadinejad’s birth and their move to Tehran. So religious was Ahmad Sabourjian that he bought a house near a Hosseinieh, a religious club that he frequented during the holy month of Moharram to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hossein.
Moreover, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mother is a Seyyede. This is a title given to women whose family are believed to be direct bloodline descendants of Prophet Muhammad. Male members are given the title of Seyyed, and include prominent figures such as Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei. In Judaism, this is equivalent to the Cohens, who are direct descendants of Aaron, the brother of Moses. One has to be born into a Seyyed family: the title is never given to Muslims by birth, let alone converts. This makes it impossible for Ahmadinejad’s mother to have been a Jew. In fact, she was so proud of her lineage that everyone in her native village of Aradan referred to her by her Islamic title, Seyyede.
So Ahmadinejad apparently doesn’t have a secret, at least not secret Jewish roots. Nevertheless, if not a secret, the fact that he was one of the tormentors of the American hostages taken in the 1979 capture of the American embassy isn’t exactly common knowledge. But it should be, especially after Mark Bowden’s Guests of the Ayatollah.