West Bank and the Gaza Strip will have different time zones

Tim Parenti tim at timtimeonline.com
Mon Sep 5 19:07:03 UTC 2011

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 13:34, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:

> It might be better to pick the most populous location in
> the West Bank where there is a reasonable working consensus
> about the time of day.

This is perhaps one of the best points in this thread.  Regardless of what
any previous "theory" recommendations would point to, the practical
implications of defining a canonical location for a consistent set of time
zone rules by using a city where the definition of "time of day" isn't even
half as stable should be obvious.  Not diminishing the merits of other
cities suggested for this purpose, I think it's becoming clear that Hebron
is the next most reasonable choice.

On Mon, Sep 5, 2011 at 12:49, John Hawkinson <jhawk at mit.edu> wrote:

> Unless you happen to live in one of the capital/populous cities
> we have designated, people think of their time zone as designated by
> their political authority. Having to pick a city that you know is
> not-where-you-are is always somewhat of a humbling exercise.

While this may perhaps be the case, the goal has been only to pick a
reasonable location that is *representative* of each set of time zone rules.
 As the time in East Jerusalem, being split amongst official and nonofficial
uses, is somewhat ill-defined, it is not a good candidate to fulfill this
role.  Rather, residents of East Jerusalem could decide to use
Asia/Jerusalem or Asia/Hebron (or even Asia/Gaza) for their own purposes,
depending on how their particular allegiances may lie.

Tim Parenti
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