Attorney General Backs Chavilio's Bid to Block Chareidi Education Funding in Jerusalem
By Yechiel Sever
Heads of educational institutions and public figures were astonished by Attorney General Mani Mazuz's interference, shortly before he is scheduled to leave office, in the funding of Jerusalem's chareidi education system — in total opposition to the Jerusalem Municipality's stance. Instead, he has shown consistent, ongoing support for City Hall's legal advisor, Atty. Yossi Chavilio.
Five months ago the city council decided, at the initiative of Deputy Mayor Rabbi Yitzchok Pindrus, who holds the chareidi education portfolio, to grant chareidi children equal funding with all children of Jerusalem, in the face of Chavilio's dogged opposition.
As the 45-day period allotted for appeals was coming to a close, the Reform movement filed a provocative petition in a bid to deny the chareidi education system equal funding. The court decided not to issue an interim order and that the municipality was authorized to grant chareidi educational institutions full funding, in accordance with the municipality's decision, pending the court's ruling, which was scheduled for Thursday.
To the utter surprise of all of the city officials involved in the matter, Mani Mazuz sent a letter to the Jerusalem District Court this week — four days before the court hearing — saying he was aligned with Chavilio's position, which contradicts the decision reached in the city council plenum.