"By making anti-Israeli statements he is trying to shed any suspicions about his Jewish connections.He feels vulnerable in a radical Shia society." A London-based expert on Iranian Jewry said that "jian" ending to the name specifically showed the family had been practising Jews.
The name is even on the list of reserved names for Iranian Jews compiled by Iran's Ministry of the Interior."They have created a myth today that they call the massacre of Jews and they consider it a principle above God, religions and the prophets," he declared at a conference on the holocaust staged in Tehran in 2006.The Jewish experience in the United Kingdom [England, Wales and Northern Ireland] is one of the longest in the world.During this year's presidential debate on television he was goaded to admit that his name had changed but he ignored the jibe.However Mehdi Khazali, an internet blogger, who called for an investigation of Mr Ahmadinejad's roots was arrested this summer.
Disputes between Christian clerics and Jews in this period were supposedly encouraged by William Rufus (1087-1100).