bodazey.com: Not only was Esther a Jewish queen, but, as the wife of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) she also continues to be revered as a Persian queen and, thus, an icon of national Iranian history....
According to one Persian legend, the resting place [of Esther and Mordechai] and its surrounding land served as a refuge for Iranians during the Arab conquest of Persia in 621 C.E. As the story goes, when the Arabs began to conquer the city of Hegmataneh, the people of Iran came to the gravesite so that the spirit of Esther and Mordechai would protect them.
In a fascinating New York Observer article written by Ahmadinejad's interpreter while he was in New York comes this tidbit, during a speech by the Iranian president to an enthusiastic room of Iranian-Americans - who gave him a standing ovation:
“Two thousand Zionists want to rule the world. You can do it elsewhere,” he said, as if speaking directly to the mysterious 2,000, “but not in Iran. It’s impossible—it’s not doable.”
I'm telling Lenny.