September 6, 2013, - 12:00 pm

Ari Sandel: Meet Movie Star Julianne Hough’s Anti-Israel Nutjob Boyfriend

By Debbie Schlussel

Here’s another one in the unfortunate category of pop culture’s negative influence on Middle East politics and jihad.

For those who don’t know, Julianne Hough is a rising B-list movie star who is Mormon (in name only). She rose from “Dancing With the Stars” dancer to cheesy lead actress in bad, anti-Christian, pro-gay musical and romance flicks (see “Footloose” remake, “Burlesque,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Safe Haven”–all movies I’ve reviewed and absolutely hated). Her father, Bruce Robert Hough, was twice the chairman of the Utah Republican Party, but apparently his politics didn’t sink in. After recently being dumped by Ryan Secrest, she’s now “dating” (euphemism) anti-Israel director Ari Sandel. It’s especially unfortunate because Hough–who is a cute, petite blonde and frequently wears very little–is often glamorized and hyped by all the celebrity gossip magazines, and many young girls view her as a role model.



Longtime readers may be familiar with Sandel because I interviewed this self-hating, anti-Semitic Jew and wrote about him when he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for his short film musical, “West Bank Story.” The movie is a disgusting exercise in morally equivocating Jewish Israeli victims of Islamic terrorism with their Palestinian Muslim terrorist attackers. When I interviewed Sandel, whose father is a far-left wacko Israeli, he echoed the tripe you commonly hear on Al-Jazeera . . . or worse. The guy is deranged.

Here’s a snippet:

The politics of “West Bank Story’s” Director and Co-writer, Ari Sandel, are illuminating. He is involved with several far-left organizations with an admitted agenda in the Middle East. That includes “Peace Now,” at whose events Sandel promoted his movie. Peace Now is a far-left group of Israelis that advocates giving the entire West Bank and half of Jerusalem to the Palestinians. It has repeatedly advanced discredited claims of Palestinian ownership of land in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Sandel recognizes a Palestinian state and has traveled to Dubai, where Israeli citizens are not allowed entry due to the Arab Boycott.

I interviewed Ari Sandel, earlier this week and was shocked by his incredible obtuseness and ignorance. Ditto for his views.
He said he refuses to take a position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and would not condemn Palestinian homicide bombings as evil on their own. He insisted that the Israelis were equally evil in killing Palestinians. I asked him if there’s a difference between Palestinians who deliberately blow up innocent civilians in a pizza shop and Israeli soldiers who accidentally hit civilians when they are trying to target terrorists and save lives. He refused to respond.

Sandel, whose father is an Israeli, told me how proud he and his father were to travel to Dubai, despite its observance of the Arab Boycott of Israel and its state-funded sponsorship of anti-Semitic speakers and conspiracy theorists. He told me that he was proud to have his movie at a movie festival full of anti-Israel movies. I asked him why he didn’t show a movie that’s pro-Israel. He said he is on no-one’s side, only on the side of “hope and peace.” I asked him how we can achieve hope and peace while he glosses over deliberate mass murders of cafe patrons. He refused to answer.

I asked Sandel if he would be opposed to showing a movie with the Nazis and their death camp victims as laughing, singing moral equals in a musical. He said, “Well, ‘Life is Beautiful’ won an Academy Award.” When I pointed out that “Life is Beautiful” was against the Nazis and was not a moral equivalency film, he tried to change the subject. I asked him if Jews and the Nazis are equal. No response.

Read the rest.

When our celebrity-obsessed culture sees the women glamorized and pimped on us by the instruments of that culture (US Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, People, TMZ, etc.), their “dates” and partners in romance are unfortunately glamorized, too. Ari Sandel gets his name and his waning career in the spotlight via sleeping with Julianne Hough. That’s how sleazy Hollywood works.

Mormons and the Latter Day Saints church were among the most pro-Israel people on earth (until the LDS church began donating over $20 million per year to the world’s largest Al-Qaeda and HAMAS money laundering “charity,” Islamic Relief). How sad that none of the Mormon teachings and culture seem to have much of an influence on Julianne Hough.

Regardless, let’s hope the bim dumps Ari Sandel soon.

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18 Responses

She is stunning but can’t pick men for sh**. Who would have thought that dork Seacrest was a better pick…even amongst the whispers…?

This idiot should put his money where his dumb-ass mouth is. He has no credibility with me until he gives up everything he has and hands it over to a Fakestinian with the least in Israel. Until then he should STFU.

I’m not Jewish and need not be to know right from wrong. I’m sick of DBs like this moron. He refused to answer because he’d have to admit the truth to himself…can’t do that, he has neither the brains or character to look TRUTH in the eye. It’s all about his false construct.

Israel will never win with losers like this.

Skunky on September 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

BTW, while it is possible that his mother converted to Judaism, Ari’s mother isn’t of Jewish ancestry.

Here is his maternal grandfather’s obituary:

dee on September 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Well, I guess Sandel and Hough both have something in common. They have dumped the historical traditions of their religions. So when they’re together they can talk about how bad traditional Jews and Mormons are. That will sustain them for one or two more months.

Little Al on September 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm

That is what happens when someone from a liberal privileged position tries to comment on things they are not smart enough to understand. A mental moron.

Nothing can justify terrorism. A so called freedom fight does not justify the killing of innocents.

People who try this kind of moral equivalency have a special place in hell reserved for them.

sanjay on September 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

How does one explain the self-hating Jew? How does an Israeli manage to hate Israel? I have pondered this question for years and cannot account for this phenomenon.

Seek on September 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I agree with you Seek. It’s a question I am dying to understand. I don’t think there is a cogent answer, just more mentally-ill idiots who are taken seriously when they ought not be.

    These super-fools do great damage. Because they are Israeli/Jewish they trump those of us who are NOT but are passionate for Israel & the Jewish people. That is why their stupid side is given such credence. Then they allow the enemy to gain more ground because of their foolishness. They also give those out there who believe that they do not have a “dog in the fight” an excuse to walk away and say, “eff both of them. Let them kill each other”. That’s a terrible way to think. One side is indeed good and righteous while the other has zero legitimacy and are the scourge of the Earth.

    Those of us who are NOT Jewish should not let pukes like this intimidate us. We have the truth and God on our side, Jewish or NOT.

    Skunky on September 6, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Glad I have no idea who she is.

Frankz on September 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

He’s a left wing liberal and disagrees with many Israeli policies, but how does that make him an anti-Semite?

Clayton on September 7, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Chief, Did you read her article ? In it was a part about a interview, and questions ask and no responce or a oddball responce. Does that not tell something ? He would have said something to indicate he wasn’t .

    William on September 7, 2013 at 9:26 am

      I can see how he is anti-Israeli policies, but that definitely doesn’t make him an anti-Semite. It’s even a reach to call him anti-Israel. Many of us don’t agree with President Obama’s American policies, but that doesn’t make you am anti-American.

      I read his oddball responses or no answers, nothing he said is anti-Semitic. He certainly doesn’t agree with Israeli policies, but he is entitled to his own opinion. Labeling him something that disgusting is as ridiculous as labeling someone that doesn’t agree with Obama as a racist…

      Clayton on September 7, 2013 at 3:03 pm


    Technically it isn’t antisemitism in the same way that being a proponent of Israel returning to pre 1967 borders isn’t technically the same thing as calling for the destruction of Israel.

    It just amounts to the same thing in practice.
    And let me tell you it is no accident that many Jews have endorsed a president who is a proponent of exactly that policy.

    Frankz on September 7, 2013 at 1:36 pm

      Technicalities are not relevant. Facts are! Anti-semitism is the HATRED of Jews and the Jewish religion. To have HATRED for anyone, based on their race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation is dipicable and should not be tolerated by anyone especially not in this day and age.

      Based on this article, this Ari Sandel fellow seems to disagree with a few Israeli policies, but no where does he say that he HATES Jews and The Jewish religion….. So why label him an anti-Semite??

      Again, even calling him anti-Israel is a stretch… If anyone that speaks against Israeli policies is anti-Israel then by that logic many on here are anti-American because of being outspoken against certain American policies.

      Clayton on September 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

        Technically the fact is racism is very nasty and should not be tolerated Clayton.
        However Sandel’s silence on the racism of the “Palestinians” who routinely call for the destruction of Israel and the libel the Jews is deafening I’m sure.

        Understanding a principle is completely different to applying it in the real world Clayton.

        When you start to realize that you might be worth listening to but until then you’ll remain an annoying bore.

        Frankz on September 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

There are so many Israelis like him, so many self-hating Jews especially here in TA. I have some self-hating Jews in my family, and these are Israelis, not olim (immigrants).

Israel quite frankly cannot survive its self-hating Jews because there are so many of them, and in powerful positions too, including in the media and they run our so-called arts scene. As to their unconscious motivations, it’s actually complex and depends on the individual clearly enough, that is one has to look at it on a case by case basis. However it’s not rocket science to see that much of it comes from the allegiance to Liberalism, ahead of anything else.

Larry in Tel Aviv on September 7, 2013 at 2:31 am

Yeshua, you’re the worst kind of antisemite!… You would deny Jews their rights by disputing that they’re Jewish…

By the way, genetic research shows the Khazar theory as nothing more then a pile of BS…

Hans on September 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

This guy is the typical fools that I see at the anti=semitic website at Mondoweiss. Those guys sometime in the future or their descendants if they have any, will even go so far to excuse the Holocaust. Debbie when you ask this donkeys rear those questions and the silence that came from it shows how they want to die and take as many of us with them.

Mario on September 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Islam rules, jews drool!

shalom on September 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

The rotten apple does not fall far from the tree and as far as the opportunistic whore he may marry I hope it happe then soaks him good using a good pro Israel Jewish lawyer.

Ron Wolf on January 10, 2015 at 11:04 pm

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