Israeli customs directed to confiscate Apple iPads

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“If you had thought to buy Apple’s new iPad tablet computer any time soon and bring it to Israel, you may have to change your plans: Starting yesterday, the Communications Ministry has blocked the import of iPads to Israel, and the customs authority has been directed to confiscate them,” Bar Ben Ari and Zohar Blumenkrantz report for Haaretz.com.

“The decision follows the refusal of the ministry’s engineering staff to compromise on testing the device’s suitability and compliance with Israeli wireless networks,” Ben Ari and Blumenkrantz report. “‘The iPad device sold exclusively today in the United States operates at broadcast power levels [over its WiFi modem] compatible with American standards,’ explained the officials. ‘As the Israeli regulations in the area of WiFi are similar to European standards, which are different from American standards, which permit broadcasting at lower power, therefore the broadcast levels of the device prevent approving its use in Israel,’ said the officials.”

Ben Ari and Blumenkrantz report, “The ministry has requested all the relevant information on the iPad from Apple’s Israeli distributor, iDigital, so as to approve importing iPads… The head of customs at Ben-Gurion International Airport said yesterday they have confiscated 10 iPads, including those their owners declared and on which they offered to pay the 16% VAT required by law.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]

68 Comments

  1. New terrorist strategy. A massive assault team breaches Jerusalem with thousands of iPads then starts running the Netflix app and MDN app at the same time. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. deepdish “16% VAT tax too, ouch.”

    Just wait, Obama’s advisors are already talking about the VAT they are preparing for the U.S.

    Somebody has to pay for all these programs he’s put in place.

  3. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  4. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  5. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  6. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  7. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  8. Osama could get a thousand suicide jihadists on scooter, each with a hundred smuggled ipads. They’d tear thru roads dropping ipads, all synch’d to download iTunes movies and run MDN at the same time. Israel would stop it all with countless rounds, but not before Apple wifi had said hello. Bad Apple wifi. Not kosher.

  9. @Burrell:

    Are you really that ignorant and stupid? Getting all your talking points from Faux news and repeating them without, oh, fact-checking before opening your yap, exposes you for the uneducated fool you are.

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