Sunday, August 21, 2011

Daylight Saving Time and The Middle East

I'm writing this at roughly 22:47 Sunday evening. Supposedly a cease fire was meant to go into effect between Israel and the Hamas in Gaza at 21:00. However there have been some 6 mortars or rockets fired since 21:00. Channel 2 has suggested that this might be because in the Gaza strip Daylight savings time is not in effect - causing a one hour delay between Gaza and the surrounding Israeli towns.

This wouldn't be the first time that daylight savings time has affected Israel-Palestine relations.

"On September 3, 1999, Palestinian bomb makers connected a timer to thirty pounds of explosives, setting it to go off September 5th at 6:30 P.M. On September 5th, terrorists Ibrahim Salah and Krayem Nazal took delivery of the bomb package, got in a Fiat and drove to Jerusalem to place it on the 6:30 P.M. bus. Salah looked at his watch. It read 5:25 P.M. Thinking they had an hour to kill, they parked and sat in the car to wait for the bus. Five minutes later their car exploded. It seems that both the bomb makers and terrorists had forgotten that Israel falls-back from daylight savings time earlier than the rest of the world."

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