Published 03:09 11.07.10
Ireland seeks to block access to data on EU citizens Israel
Irish government retaliates over use of forged Irish passports by alleged Mossad spies in
By Ora Coren
Ireland is seeking to stop a European Union initiative that would enable Israel to receive sensitive information about European citizens, due to concerns about the use that Israel would make of this information, the Irish minister for justice said over the weekend.
In what may be another blow to Israel's international status, Dermott Ahern said that since Israel allegedly used forged Irish passports to carry out the hit on Hamas official Mohammed al-Mabhouh in Dubai, Israel should not be allowed access to this data.
Under a plan put forward at the beginning of the year, the European organizations for protecting individuals' privacy agreed that Israeli companies and European companies should be able to exchange information about customers.
For example, this would mean that an Israeli customer of a local cell phone company, say, Pelephone, would be able to use his phone to connect to the Internet, say, in Italy, and the Italian telecom would be able to receive his personal data from Pelephone and charge his account accordingly. The same would be true for people with European cell phones in
In addition, multinational corporations would be able to entrust Israeli companies to secure their databases, and the data could be stored on servers in
In agreeing to grant this access, the EU authorities decided that
However, the plan still needs to be ratified by the government of each individual EU member country before it can take force.
Beyond easing companies' operations, the plan is also intended to make it easier for the authorities to catch cases of money laundering.
Currently, passing data between
IDF tracking aid ship: Any attempt to reach
will be thwarted Gaza
Barak calls Libyan ship's voyage 'unnecessary provocation'; suggests it dock in
07.10.10, 23:33 /
The Israeli Navy is planning to keep track of the Libyan aid ship to make certain it does not try to dock in Gaza, this despite documents indicating that the vessel's destination is the El Arish harbor in Egypt.
The ship set sail from
Following the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine Turkish nationals dead, the Navy is taking no chances and plans to keep track of the Libyan vessel's voyage using various devices.
"Any deviation from the original course, which will lead the ship to
Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the Libyan aid vessel's journey an "unnecessary provocation," and suggested that the ship allow Navy vessels to escort it to
"Goods can be transferred to
A charity chaired by the Libyan Leader's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi is organizing the trip and said the Amalthea, re-named Hope for the trip, carried some 2,000 tons of food and medicine and complied with international rules.
The trip is expected to take between 70 and 80 hours.
One of the activists said, "Our job is to help people in need – be they Catholic, Muslim or anything else. Now we are helping the people of
Roni Sofer and Reuters contributed to the report
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