Apple iPad banned in Israel

by admin April 15, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Headed to Israel? Better leave that brand new Apple iPad behind. Earlier this week, the Israeli Communications Ministry directed the customs authority to confiscate all iPads coming into the country – effectively instituting a ban on Apple’s newest device. The announcement “follows the refusal of the ministry’s engineering staff to compromise on testing the device’s suitability and compliance with Israeli wireless networks,” reports Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Haaretz spoke to one man who had returned from the US with an iPad, only to have the device taken by customs officers. “It is forbidden to bring iPads into Israel; send it back overseas,” the officers reportedly told the man, adding that he would have to apply to the government to have the iPad returned. Until then, the iPad has been shipped to a customs warehouse.

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