“President Joseph Biden kneels before Rivka Ravitz, chief of staff for Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on July 2, 2021. Ravitz is a member of the Haredi sect of Judaism. According to Israeli author Israel Shahak, Haredi teachings sometimes state that Jews are superior to non-Jews.” (Kipa)
July 5, 2021 | By Alison Weir | Israel Palestine News | Source
“Israeli media are reporting that President Joe Biden knelt before Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s chief of staff during Biden’s July 2nd White House meeting with Rivlin. Biden, to the surprise of onlookers, suddenly went down on his knees in front of Rivka Ravitz upon learning that she’s the mother of 12 children.
Ravitz, an ultra-orthodox adherent whose parents were Americans who moved to Israel, has long been close to Rivlin. According to an Israeli publication, Ravitz has been with Rivkin “at the most dramatic points in his career” since 1999 and is part of an important religious Israeli family: “At the age of 18, she married the son of the mythical Knesset member from Torah Judaism, Avraham Ravitz, and so she married politics.”
Her husband, Yitzchak Ravitz, is the former deputy mayor of the haredi Israeli settlement Beitar Illit, where the family lived for many years. Such settlements are illegal under international law. Mondoweiss reports that Beit Illit is known as a bastion of Jewish extremism, quoting from the Financial Times:
…in the settlement of Beitar Illit, south of Jerusalem… anyone interested in renting a flat is checked by a “demographics committee”….Residents say Beitar is patrolled by a self-styled “modesty police”, which bullies youngsters to toe the line… David Biton, a 19-year old trainee baker who lives with his parents in Beitar Illit, says he was beaten up by two ultra-orthodox men recently after being seen chatting to girls. “I tried to put together a group of youngsters to testify against them but everyone was too afraid,” he says.
Ravitz is a member of the religious party Degel HaTorah. Haredi Israelis, also known as ultra-orthodox, have fundamentalist, sometimes extreme views about Jews and Judaism.
Israeli author Israel Shahak quotes a 1988 article published in Israel by a highly regarded authority on the Haredim: “The Haredi world is Judeocentric. The essence of Haredi thought is the notion of an abyss separating the Jews from the Gentiles.”
In his book “jewish Fundamentalism in Israel,” Shahak writes: “The fact is that certain Jews, some of whom wield political influence, consider Jews to be superior to non-Jews and view the world as having been created only or primarily for Jews.” An article in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz reports that some in ultra-orthodox communities “are taught that non-Jews aren’t quite human.”