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Israeli security gunfire destroys 'suspicious' MacBook Pro

updated 06:55 pm EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Owner still awaiting compensation

Israeli Border Police allegedly destroyed a MacBook Pro owned by Lily Sussman, a student and US citizen who was recently interrogated while crossing from Egypt into Israel, according to her blog. The guards thoroughly searched Sussman's belongings while asking questions about people she knows, where she is traveling, her stance on the local conflicts, and her family, among other things.

The student noticed an announcement over the sound system that suggested visitors have no reason to be "alarmed by gunshots because the Israeli security needs to blow up suspicious passenger luggage."

After expressing her frustration with losing all of her work documents and personal content, the Israeli security allegedly took her outside to show her the damage. The notebook had not been "blown up" by an explosive, but rather destroyed by three bullets. Interestingly enough, the interrogators never asked her for the password to search the contents of the computer.

The Border Police told Sussman that she would be compensated for the MacBook Pro. It is unclear if she will be fully reimbursed for the loss, as the funds will be delivered after approximately one month. Fortunately the bullets did not strike the hard drive, which was recovered from the mangled MacBook.

"Though a visual and poignant incident that captures a lot of sentiment and fault with Israeli policies and practices, unfortunately there are many more issues to get riled over," wrote Sussman. "Let's redirect the outrage over the laptop and focus on more serious grievances?"

by MacNN Staff





  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So they shot up the laptop, but will reimburse her for it? And they missed the hard drive? Seriously? This is kind of hilarious!!

  1. Loren

    Joined: Dec 1969


    seige mentality

    [Fortunately the bullets did not strike the hard drive, which was recovered from the mangled MacBook.]

    Good aim!

    While the paranoia has some clear justification, it gets tiring all the same, because they impose it on almost everybody in one form or another, while continuing settlement practices which merely alienate them further from the world community, including American Jews like myself. IMHO, their actions are often out of proportion, and they begin to resemble those who once oppressed them.

    They should certainly recompensate the student for this stupidity. There have GOT to be noninvasive methods of determining if a laptop contains a brick of C4 explosive. I mean, israeli engineers are some the best in the world. They helped MAKE the Mac the success it is. Instead, they act out against every other visitor. Tiring.

  1. TheAppleFreak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    This incident definitely is a reason why I will never travel to Israel.

  1. facebook_Stefan

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Dec 2009


    Where are your Dochsnow?

    Someone should send those police officers to a CAMP (to learn proper etiquette of course)

  1. Grrr

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's going to take more than a copy of TechTool Pro to fix that one..

  1. Rolando_jose

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I bet there are a few Mac museums that will proudly display that thing.

  1. Titanium Man

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Unibody. No wonder.

    She should have gotten one of the white Macbooks or iBooks. Remember when the first iBook came out that all the Mac sites were repeating the Apple marketing line that the case is made of polycarbonate, the same material that's used in bulletproof glass?

    RIP, MBP.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What a bunch of conceited assh*les they've got working security at the border. When would shooting it a few times (of course missing the small hard drive inside) EVER be an acceptable way of disposing of a computer thought to pose a security risk? Sounds like a team of thugs with a power trip trying to have some fun at the expense of this person's innocent MBP.

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Security by Obscurity

    Typical of the Israeli border patrol ... my friend, a reporter for the BBC in London got a similar treatment, but he decided that he would not take his laptop across ... I guess lucky.

    It's kind of interesting that some of the same attitude has crossed over to the US. All this paranoia and FUD over nothing. Only real civilians are victims. The people who want to smuggle stuff into Israel, they don't do it at checkpoints anyway, so the whole practice is just stupid. It's all just power tripp. Really Sad.

  1. Ado

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    So that bullied becomes the bully...

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