So, yes, our website has been flooded with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad queries today. The reason is this article, entitled "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past".
Well, the title sounds definitive. But let's read on.
So it looks like the Ayatollah son's original claim (and the source of our profile) that Ahmadinejad was once Sabourjian just might be true. But what does that mean?
Well, the article claims that "Sabourjian" means "weaver of the Sabour", a step up from simple "thread painter" that was the previous translation. And a Sabour is "the name for the Jewish Tallit shawl". Ahmadinejad is Jewish, QED. Right?
Not so fast. Point one: remember the source. This is coming out of Iran, and we all saw how much truth came out during their current election. So one has to take everything with a grain of salt, especially anything involving Iran's major players.
Point two: interesting change in translation. So a Sabour is a Jewish shawl? And now, let's say... a section of Pakistan, a country neighboring Iran? We don't claim to be experts on Iranian last names, but shouldn't this version be considered?
Point three: OK, so let's say that his father's last name was Sabourjian, and let's say Sabourjian is a Jewish last name. Fine. Is there any proof his father was Jewish? No. So how many generations back does that go? Let's compare Sabourjian to a recent blog topic, NFL wide receiver Julian Edelman. Yes, Edelman is a Jewish last name. Yes, Edelman has Jewish ancestry. But is he himself Jewish? No. If (when) we profile Edelman, he will get a "Barely a Jew" verdict.
But that's because his Jewish roots are an admitted fact. Ahmadinejad's aren't. They are, until further notice, conjecture. So the score stays at 1 (that I of 1 allows for the possibility that he might have Jewish roots), and Ahmadinejad stays at "Not a Jew"... Until further notice.
However, we doubt that he will ever acknowledge his supposed Jewish roots... be they real or imagined.