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Petition Seeks To Block City Funding Of Recent Jerusalem Arena Event Against Academia

1The ‘Tzachor’ NGO (צחור – צדק חופש חינוך ורווחה) has filed a motion with the Jerusalem District Court challenging Jerusalem City Hall funding for the recent assembly in the Jerusalem Arena for frum high school girls against academia. The petition seeks a temporary injunction by the court halting the passing of the city budget before a decision is rendered on Arena funding matter.

Petitioners explain that Jerusalem City Hall is not authorized to deal with religious matters or matters of conscience, and the city may not fund such events. Petitioners insist the decision to fund the event was not legal since the city has no right to fund such an event and the NIS 200,000 allocation for the assembly clearly states it must be apolitical.

They submit articles appearing in the chareidi and other media quoting HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita saying “chareidi academics in like a pig with a shtreimal”

The crux of the petition focuses on the fact the authorization for the funding is illegal and the court must stop the passage of the city budget until it is amended to exclude the funding for te age

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

2 Responses

  1. As a legal matter, they are correct. This is a religious event that should have been paid for in full by the mosdos sponsoring the event. The merits of the event having nothing to do with who bears the cost. From all reports, it was a very worthwhile and successful event.

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