West Bank and the Gaza Strip will have different time zones
ephraim at cse.huji.ac.il
Sun Aug 28 05:40:28 UTC 2011
On Sat, 27 Aug 2011, Paul Eggert wrote:
> Thanks. I suppose this means we new zone Asia/East_Jerusalem,
> since East Jerusalem is the largest city in the West Bank.
There is no city "East Jerusalem" just like there is no city
"West Jerusalem". 43% of the population of "East Jerusalem"
are Jewish Israeli citizens who have no status nor citizenship
rights under the Palestinian Authority. Both the Jewish and
non-Jewish residents of "East Jerusalem" have the right to
There _is_ a city "Jerusalem" which is the united capital of
the State of Israel.
Any change of this status will be decided either by
negotiation or by a _binding_ U.N. resolution.
The most populous city in the West Bank portion of the
Palestinian Authority is Nablus.
[N.B. I know that I am opening a Pandora's Box by posting
this message to the timezone list, but I could not
let this pass without comment. However, since I respect
the high level of professionalism of the timezone list
and do not wish political arguments to overrun the list,
anyone who wishes to discuss the point with me can do so
over private e-mail as I will not followup further to the
Ephraim Silverberg, CSE System Group,
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