Is Ahmadinejad Jewish?

Could Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad possibly be Jewish?

Well he is certainly very sensitive about the suggestion. A blogger who suggested that he might have some Jewish ancestry has been arrested.

Dr Mehdi Khazali was reportedly detained after writing on his website earlier this year that the president had changed his family name from Saburjian — thought to be Jewish in origin. And during the election campaign, reformist candidate Mehdi Karroubi also challenged Ahmadinejad in a live TV debate to give his full name.

The “Jewish Ahmadinejad” dispute has even spread beyond Iran. A Bahrain newspaper, Akhbar al-Khaleej, published an article on the claim. So is Ahmadinejad really just a self-hater?

Last updated: 10:14am, October 5 2009