[tz] DST in Palestine will start one week later

Sharef Mustafa sharefm at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 21:34:52 UTC 2019

As per the wording of the cabinet decree:
"اعتبارا من *صباح *يوم الجمعة الموافق 29 اذار 2019"
"As of *morning *of Fri Mar 29th 2019"

Thus it is safe to assume the DST change occurs on Fri Mar29th at 01:00

Please note that Palestine has no specific method that determines DST
changes (yet), recently there has been some activities within the ministry
of telecom to tackle this issue, however their efforts were halted due to
the recent government change as the new prime minister is forming his


On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 11:08 PM Tim Parenti <tim at timtimeonline.com> wrote:

> A search for "التوقيت الصيفي" on Ramallah News supports the 2019-03-30
> 00:00 theory: https://ramallah.news/post/82650/ appears to be dated 18
> March 2019, and says (Google's translation):
> "Daylight saving time is expected to start in the Gaza Strip and the West
> Bank on Friday, March 29, bringing the clock forward. Daylight saving time
> starts on Saturday, March 30, with the clock advancing 60 minutes ahead of
> midnight on Saturday."
> --
> Tim Parenti
> On Tue, 26 Mar 2019 at 16:55, Paul Eggert <eggert at cs.ucla.edu> wrote:
>> On 3/26/19 5:26 AM, Sharef Mustafa wrote:
>> > The Palestinian cabinet announced today that the switch to DST will be
>> > on Fri Mar 29th 2019 by advancing the clock by 60 minutes
>> >
>> > the decree signing date is Mar 12th but it was not published till today.
>> >
>> > The decree does not specify the exact time of switch
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> http://palestinecabinet.gov.ps/Website/AR/NDecrees/ViewFile.ashx?ID=e54e9ea1-50ee-4137-84df-0d6c78da259b
>> >
>> Ouch. That URL specifies 2019-03-29 (Friday) and uses the same wording
>> as the following URLs from previous years:
>> http://www.palestinecabinet.gov.ps/Website/AR/NDecrees/ViewFile.ashx?ID=e7a42ab7-ee23-435a-b9c8-a4f7e81f3817
>> http://www.palestinecabinet.gov.ps/WebSite/ar/ViewDetails?ID=31728
>> which specified 2018-03-24 (Saturday) and 2016-03-26 (Saturday). None of
>> the decrees specify a time, and in the earlier two years tzdata uses
>> 01:00.
>> Either the Palestinian cabinet has changed its practice and is now
>> switching Fridays at some time ([a] 01:00? [b] 24:00?) or they did not
>> actually change practice and their decree is intended to mean 2019-03-29
>> (Friday) at [c] 25:00, i.e. 2019-03-30 (Saturday) at 01:00; ... or we
>> got the data wrong in previous years and nobody reported it.
>> If the correct answer is [c] then tzdata 2019a is OK as-is. If it is [a]
>> or [b] or something else, we should fix tzdata and issue a 2019b.
>> The Ramallah News URL https://ramallah.news/post/123610 that is cited in
>> tzdata no longer works (in any of the three forms cited in drafts); it
>> now gives a 404. Of the two other URLs Even Scharning mentioned,
>> http://palweather.ps/ar/node/50136.html says "Daylight saving time is
>> due to start on Saturday, March 30, and the clock is to be presented at
>> midnight on Friday" [Google translation], and http://pnn.ps/news/401130
>> says "Summer time is due to begin on Saturday, March 30, and the clock
>> will start at 60 minutes at midnight on Friday" [Google translation].
>> Given all this above, a plausible answer is [b] and the attached
>> proposed patch implements [b] and guesses a similar pattern in future
>> years.
>> It would be nice to get a reliable confirmation of this, though. Plus,
>> it'd be nice to know whether the practice will change this fall, too.
>> Perhaps someone who writes Arabic could email the relevant cabinet
>> contact and mention the issues Matt describes in
>> <https://codeofmatt.com/on-the-timing-of-time-zone-changes/>.
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