The iPad, Apple's hot new tablet computer, has got everyone from tech bloggers
to marketing experts
all riled up.
But you know who isn't excited about the iPad? Israel. Despite skyrocketing
, Israel has banned all iPad imports, even
telling customs workers to confiscate the device if found on
Israel-bound travelers. Haaretz's Bar
Ben Ari and Zohar Blumenkrantz write
decision follows the refusal of the ministry's engineering staff to
compromise on testing the device's suitability and compliance with
Israeli wireless networks. ...
For now, the ministry has not given the device categorical
approval required for wireless devices; and ministry officials say its
wireless technology is not compatible with Israeli standards. ...
Israel has raised eyebrows by picking a fight with Apple, one of the
most influential and admired U.S. companies. But with
Israel staring down the threat of war from Scud-armed Hezbollah,
Steve Jobs is probably not the largest concern this week.
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
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