Posts Tagged ‘Ahmadinejad’

Iranian Monkey Show

October 10, 2010

 

Last week, Hezbollah’s television station, Al Manar TV, reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hoped to find time during his visit to Lebanon to throw a rock at Israel. He thought that could be the ultimate photo-op for him, the president of Iran making a symbolic gesture, throwing a stone towards the Zionist entity.

Wow, what a childish thing to do! – When children behave naughtily or mischievously, we say they get up to monkey business or are ‘monkeying around’.

During a live broadcast of a popular childrens’ TV show in Iran, about two years ago, one young girl surprised viewers when she told them that her father called her stuffed monkey ‘Ahmadinejad’. During a telephone call that took place on the show ‘Uncle Fornaj’, one of the most highly-watched shows in Iran, the show’s host asked a young female caller if she was good girl who obeyed her parents. “I’m a good girl and that’s why my father bought me a doll,” the girl responded, explaining that the doll was stuffed monkey. “My father calls it Ahmadinejad,” she said in response to the host’s follow-up question.

That made me think of Santino, the rock-throwing chimpanzee, at the Furuvik Zoo in the city of Stockholm, in Sweden. He used to calmly collect stones and fashion concrete discs before visitors arrived for the daily zoo visits. The chimp would then hurl the rocks across a moat toward onlookers.

Scientists were baffled that the chimp’s stone throwing at Zoo visitors seemed to be ‘premeditated’.  They decided to stake out the enclosure to get a better idea of the chimp’s behavior. That’s when they discovered that, on five consecutive days, before the zoo opened, the chimpanzee gathered stones from the water and placed them in caches.
The chimpanzee was observed to gently knock on the concrete rocks, from time to time delivering harder blows to break off the detached surface section in discoidal pieces. These manufactured ‘missiles’ were often transported to the caches at the shoreline. – Later on each of these days, these stones were used as ammunition.

Santino was without exception calm when gathering or manufacturing his ammunition, in contrast to the typically aroused state during displays.

The conclusion was that when wild chimps collect stones or go out to war, they plan this in advance, which means that they can plan much of their everyday behavior.

Ahmadiejad planned the same, but seems to have changed his plans. – Iran’s IRNA news reported Saturday that Ahmadinejad has backed down from plans to throw a rock at Israel and decided not to tour or monkey around at the Israeli border.

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Ahmadinejad A Self-Hating Jew?

October 4, 2009

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By Drew Zahn
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has exasperated the world with incensed condemnations of Israel and his insistence that the Holocaust is a hoax, but could there be another reason behind his seeming hatred for the Jews?

According to a London Telegraph report, his ferocity may be overcompensation … for his own Jewish roots.

Examining a photo of the Iranian president holding aloft his identity card during the nation’s 2008 elections, the newspaper discovered Ahmadinejad’s original family name – prior to their conversion to Islam – was Sabourjian, a Jewish name meaning “cloth weaver.”

Ahmadinejad has not denied that his name was changed when his family moved to Tehran in the 1950s, but he has also never confirmed what that original name was.

A note on his identification papers, when magnified from the photo, however, suggests the man from Aradan, Iran, carried a common Jewish name from the region of his birth. “Sabourjian,” the Telegraph reports, is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran’s Ministry of the Interior.

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“This aspect of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s background explains a lot about him,” commented Ali Nourizadeh of the Centre for Arab and Iranian Studies. “Every family that converts into a different religion takes a new identity by condemning their old faith.”

Nouizadeh told the Telegraph, “By making anti-Israeli statements, he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections. He feels vulnerable in a radical Shia society.”

Ahmadinejad, the fourth of seven children to a man who worked as an ironworker, grocer, barber and blacksmith, moved with his family to Tehran was he was a small child. Reportedly, the family moved to seek better economic fortunes, but also took on the new, Islamic name.

A 2007 Congressional Research Service report lists the Iranian president’s original family name as “Saborjhian,” linking the name to the Farsi “sabor,” meaning “thread painter.”

Some biographers, including Joel C. Rosenberg, list Ahmadinejad’s original family name as “Sabaghian,” meaning “dye-master” in Persian.

But the Telegraph reports the name on his papers is “Sabourjian” and cites a London-based expert on Iranian Jewry, who says the “jian” ending is specifically Jewish.

“He has changed his name for religious reasons, or at least his parents had,” said the newspaper’s source. “Sabourjian is well known Jewish name in Iran.”

If Ahmadinejad is of Jewish ancestry, he has done much to distance himself from his heritage.

In a 2006 speech aired on the Iranian News Channel, Ahmadinejad listed alleged crimes by Israel against Palestinians while the crowd chanted, “Death to Israel! Death to Israel!”

Ahmadinejad responded, speaking of the Jewish people, “They have no boundaries, limits or taboos when it comes to killing human beings. Who are they? Where did they come from? Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of bloodthirsty barbarians. Next to them, all the criminals of the world seem righteous.”

That same year, he said, “[Isreal] will be gone, definitely. You [Western powers] should know that any government that stands by the Zionist regime from now on will not see any result but the hatred of the people.”

At a U.N. meeting last month, the Iranian president denounced Israel for “genocide, barbarism and racism.”

“Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium,” responded Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the same U.N. summit. “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.”

The Telegraph reports it contacted the Israeli embassy in London for comment on Ahmadinejad’s birth name but was told it would not speak on the Iranian president’s background.

“It’s not something we’d talk about,” said Ron Gidor, a spokesman.