West Bank and the Gaza Strip will have different time zones

John Hawkinson jhawk at mit.edu
Mon Sep 5 19:12:12 UTC 2011

Tim Parenti <tim at timtimeonline.com> wrote on Mon,  5 Sep 2011
at 15:07:03 -0400 in <CAFpi07x-4W=SZ+2Etx-n+7R=CcQaX62AZ+j=M4dWV6tPFJvARQ at mail.gmail.com>:

> 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.

Indeed. My point was intended to suggest that names like Asia/Gaza and
Asia/West_Bank are more desirable from a user standpoint, as well as
avoiding some serious political problems.

--jhawk at mit.edu
  John Hawkinson

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