Israelis challenge return to Standard Time


JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 100,000 Israelis signed a petition to prevent switching the clocks back to Standard Time.

Israel is set to switch its clocks from Daylight Savings Time on Sept. 12, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The law that requires the early switch time, nearly two months before the United States, is set in order to help those who fast on Yom Kippur by ending the day earlier.

The petition, which as of Sunday had been active for six days, says that Standard Time shortens quality time parents spend with their children, increases traffic accidents and costs the economy hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Meanwhile, an Israeli lawmaker has drafted a bill to push back the end of Daylight Savings Time. Meretz lawmaker Nitzan Horowitz’s bill would end Daylight Savings Time on the last week in October, bringing it more in line with the United States and Europe.

The bill would not affect this year’s time change.

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