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Joshua Cohen

13 October 2011

Born in Rehevot in 1944, Milchan is an eleventh-generation Israeli. Yasser Arafat reportedly told him, “You’re more Palestinian than me.” His “ancestors on one side can be traced back to the great medieval biblical commentator Rashi, and on the other side almost to King David.” This of course would make Milchan “almost” related to Jesus, which would make him—“almost”—related to God. More…

9 October 2009

Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Holocaust-denier, Iranian president, was descended from Jews. It was revealed that his family’s original name, abandoned in the early 1950s, was Sabourjian, which the newspaper maintained was a common Persian Jewish surname meaning “weaver of the sabour,” sabour meaning “prayershawl.” More…