Israel moves to standard time amid protests

Israel moved back to standard time, bringing out demonstrators who oppose the early switch due to Yom Kippur.

Dozens demonstrated Sept. 22 in Tel Aviv against the decision of Interior Minister Eli Yishai of the haredi Orthodox Shas Party to turn back the clock in mid-September to accommodate an early end to the Yom Kippur fast.

Protesters from Israel Hofshi, which promotes religious freedom, said the change damaged their quality of life.

A law passed in 2005 requires Israel to move to standard time the Sunday morning before Yom Kippur each year.

Legislation to extend daylight saving time into October was adopted this year by Yishai, but it was not brought before the whole Knesset in time for consideration before this year’s change. — jta