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  • Israel Bans and Threatens to Confiscate iPads


    While iPad shortages are causing delayed shipments on international orders elsewhere, Israel is yet to get the iPad too - but by choice. And the nation is effectively threatening anyone who attempts to purchase or obtain a US version of the device. What's more, an Israeli who does so will have their tablet confiscated. You see, the Communications Ministry in Israel has blocked the import of iPads to Israel.

    So adamant is the government regarding this policy that if anyone attempts to enter the country through customs with an iPad, officers have been granted authority to confiscate any and all Apple tablets. Even worse, iPad owners will be slapped with a fine in order to cover the cost of storing the device until the present ban is lifted.

    While several media outlets have slanted coverage to suggest that Israel has banned the use of iPads for some unspecified reason, Israel has admitted to holding off on the iPad's arrival until the device has been thoroughly tested and inspected by the government. Apple's Israel distributor is apparently yet to provide Israel with enough details as to how the device works from the inside and out. Until then, there will be no such thing as an iPad permitted within Israeli borders.

    According to one Israeli government official who spoke with Haaretz:

    As the Israeli regulations in the area of Wi-Fi 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.
    In case you're wondering, ten iPads have reportedly been confiscated so far, says the head of customs at Ben-Gurion International Airport.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Israel Bans and Threatens to Confiscate iPads started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Actually ........... the US needs the world ... and the world needs US.

      Like it or now, we are symbiotic. We will either live together or die. It's just that simple.
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Actually ........... the US needs the world ... and the world needs US.

      Like it or now, we are symbiotic. We will either live together or die. It's just that simple.
      Since when a country of 7 million people and smaller than Virginia equals the whole world?

      Wtf?
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      HAHA, and people think Obama is doing a bad job.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      Since when a country of 7 million people and smaller than Virginia equals the whole world? Wtf?
      Did I say 7 million people equals the world??? NOT!!

      Re-read my post. The world needs the world. Live in peace or die.
    1. billmilo's Avatar
      billmilo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Did I say 7 million people equals the world??? NOT!!

      Re-read my post. The world needs the world. Live in peace or die.
      Well, this is a thread about Israel, and you answered right after my post about the US not needing Israel and much as Israel needs the US. Yeah, why did I get confused!?
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by billmilo View Post
      Well, this is a thread about Israel, and you answered right after my post about the US not needing Israel and much as Israel needs the US. Yeah, why did I get confused!?
      Did you read my first post about EVERY nation having different STANDARDS on WiFi channels and power output levels?

      Check it out!!!!!! China is the worst!!!!!!!!!!
      Almost every European Nation has a different power output.

      And let's not forget about the US. Our standards are just as confusing as the rest.

      BOTTOM LINE: If Apples product doesn't comply with a countries standards, it will be banned. Plain and simple. US does it ALL THE TIME. If not Israel, it would be another. So stop bashing the 1st country that 'steps' on poor Apples' feet It's Apple who must get their ducks in a row!!!
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      So what does this mean for visitors to Israel? Are you going to try to take my iPad even though I'm just visiting for a few days, then going back to my home? Don't think so.
      Pretty much yeah, that's exactly what could happen. If its deemed illegal in their country just cause your visiting you don't get a free pass.

      Anyone visiting the USA from Amsterdam had better leave the pot home too. Just cause you can have it where you live, doesn't mean you can just take it anywhere.

      If you have ever traveled to other parts of the world you'll know the police and security in some of these places are not to be messed with. Some guy with a machine gun tells you to give up the ipad, your giving it up. If you don't, they will simply break it, or you. (in some places both)
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      lolz @ israel,
      such a stupid government in many ways,
      watch yourself, you are talking about the israel who pulled all that **** with gaza strip. they're blitzkrieg X 1000. don't mess with jews
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      guys dont let this get out of hand plz
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by battlecrushr View Post
      guys dont let this get out of hand plz
      well you know what mom and dad said. don't talk about religion or politics.

      guess some "staff" writers need to learn that rule. of course people will get angry if you bring up stuff like this
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      The thing is they are confiscating ones that is owned by someone getting into the country, they have rights to take the thing even if it is turned off. Meaning all that WiFi standard is not the reason behind taking iPad away from people bringing them in.
      Why don't they charge the fine that includes holding the device until you leave the country?
      There is something else behind this, just got to find out what.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TatesMan View Post
      Not needed.
      no country is without blood on their hands. don't get all self-righteous.
    1. nordlead's Avatar
      nordlead -
      Is there any manager to this forum ?
      if so, can you please delete all the irrelevant, racist, and ignorant comments ?

      really? from a post about a government that ban Ipad until they check it bcuz of lower broadcasting power you guys are getting to
      [Removed]

      and

      [Removed]
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      So what does this mean for visitors to Israel? Are you going to try to take my iPad even though I'm just visiting for a few days, then going back to my home? Don't think so.
      Sure it does. Once you enter a country you are bound by their laws, regardless of whether you "think so."

      Quote Originally Posted by nordlead View Post
      Is there any manager to this forum ?
      if so, can you please delete all the irrelevant, racist, and ignorant comments ?

      really? from a post about a government that ban Ipad until they check it bcuz of lower broadcasting power you guys are getting to
      "damn jews "

      and

      "If a country is ok with killing women and kids, then it shouldn't be angry at the people who talk **** about it because they simply don't care "

      what the F is wrong with you ?
      I agree that many comments are immature and just down right wrong. That said, it is just as annoying to see people complain "MODERATORS WHERE ARE YOU???" You can feel free to stop reading the thread at any time. Are you really that fragile that your eyes can't stand the racial remarks? It exists whether you see it or not.
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      We have the same kind of laws here in the US. You can't sell an electronic device like an iPad without it first being tested by our government (aka the FCC).
    1. iamilya77's Avatar
      iamilya77 -
      I think this thread needs to be deleted. This has turned into a hate thread on Israel and most of you have no clue what your talking about...



      Quote Originally Posted by jadi929 View Post
      damn jews
      Seriously dude? What the F**k is wrong with you?
    1. Bill69's Avatar
      Bill69 -
      You guys are so ignorant read the article before you say... Damn Jews, they want flash, or they don't like American politics. The article states the reason why they don't allow them first of all and second of all get your facts straight about israel.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      ok guys b4 it gets out of hand thread closed

      and hey dash
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by zozodouce View Post
      must be a boring day,no good news to report on.
      Wow, that was a worthless post.

      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      well you know what mom and dad said. don't talk about religion or politics.

      guess some "staff" writers need to learn that rule. of course people will get angry if you bring up stuff like this
      Or maybe people could grow up....its news, nothing more. If someone isnt interested they need not be reading.