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Summer Time Hours Draw Protest

January 29, 1990
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Secular Israelis are protesting because the Orthodox-controlled Interior Ministry has tailored daylight-saving time this year for the convenience of the observant minority.

Summer time, which allows an extra hour of daylight, will be in effect for 154 days, slightly longer than in past years, but shorter than in the United States and Europe.

It will begin on March 24 and end on Aug. 25, to accommodate Orthodox Jews who otherwise would have to wait until a late hour to recite Selichot, the prayers that precede the High Holy Days.

In the United States, clocks revert to standard time at the end of October. In Europe, standard time resumes at the end of September.

Non-religious Jews have accused Interior Minister Arye Deri of bias toward Orthodox demands.

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