As you all know, Dr. Mike Repacholi from the WHO is working
on his mission -"harmonization project" (how innocent
does the word
"harmony" sound...isn't it?...wrong!...) - that
all the countries will
adopt the standart which was determined when he was the chairman
ICNIRP. Israel is sure his wet dream come true, but it is
for the israeli residents, if the law passes - Israel is the
country in the world who adopts the ICNIRP standard as a law
! Oh boy
are we in big troubles. Instead of taking example from Austria
Switzerland for example, Israel apparently prefers to go back
If you think that this was as a headline, you are far than
It was written "by the way" in a big article about
how the army in
Israel does not protect the soldiers who are hurt from radars.
SURE it happens in other armies too, considering the lawsuit
german soldiers who were hurt by the radars).
by Neta Zach
In spite of very high rates of soldiers who are exposed to
electromagnetic radiation and get cancer-Zahal (=israeli army)
the problem. Warning of the state comptroller are not useful,
it's about a little investment to deal with the risk.
Brain Cancer is a rare phenomenon, surly in a young age.
data in Israel is that 1 of 100,000 20 years old-24 years
old found in
1997 that he/she had brain cancer. But it appears that there
group in the population where brain cancer in 21 years of
age are not so
rare - among the radar workers in Zahal.
Of several hundreds radar antennas technicians who are occupied
army, at least 4 claimed to get brain cancer in the last 5
there are 800 radar technicians in the army, it is high rate
to the population. 2 of them were still in the army when their
was found. Another was diagnosed only 2 years after, by accident,
checks after a car accident. 2 of them had brain surgery one
of them is
still treated. The fourth, technician in the control system
of the air
force died when he was 29. It is not the end of the list.
Until 2001, in the report of the state comptroller, 134 cancer
radar soldiers were documented. 53 served in the airforce,
the control department, they are helped by the radars to direct
pilots. Of a group of 25 soldiers who were occupied in directing
antennas in the connection force, 6 got cancer. Common complaints
the soldiers are about cancer illness- leukemia and testicle
In another intelligence force, which contained 70 soldiers,
and the woman-guide got cancer. One of the soldiers died when
23 years old. After a lawsuit that lasted for 5 years, the
determined that "The death of the girl is recognized
as death which was
caused within and during her army service".
Yet, Zahal did not change its position:
The radiation emitted by the radars is not dangerous. It is
dangerous, that there is no point to protect the soldiers
"Radio waves cause movement of whole mulecules inside
cells of the
body", explains Dr Menahem Margaliot, the head of radiation
measurements in the
nuclear research center. [By the way, this man is documented
in a video
movie saying to Zoran residents that also if they had been
500 V/m, nothing would have happened to them. I.A] "one
result of this
movement is creating heat. This is the principle upon which
microwave ovens work. Heat increase like that, hurts especially
areas like the eyes or testicles, that is why high exposure
can lead to
cataract and to temporary loss of reproductivity in men. Especially
embroys are sensitive to heat, and pregnant women exposure
probability to birth defects and misscarriage".
Can electromagnetic radiation cause cancer? That is the question
state comptroller to Zahal. "Zahal" he writes, "did
not make any effort
to find out how many patients we're talking about and in what
serve. But the mediccal army force stated anyway: "There
epidimiological proofs to the existence of radiation epidemic
Colonel Dr. Shlomo Moshe, head of occupational health branch
principle medical headquarters officer, also said to the state
committee of the Knesset, that electromagnetic radiation is
carcinogenic, and "All the serious researchs in this
area, and all the
have the same position".
But it seems that the position of serious researchs in this
area is that
electromagnetic may cause cancer. Thousands of case researchs
world, showed the same thing that happens now in Zahal. One
about 40,000 soldiers who served in Korea war in the US naval
the 50's. The soldiers who were exposed to high radiation
died in double
rate from leukemia. Flight technicians who worked with radars
times more death rate from leukemia.
According to a research on men who served in the american
between the years 1970-1989, the more the soldiers were exposed
radiation levels, they had higher risk to get leukemia. According
research in the polish army, soldiers who were exposed to
high and also low levels, had double rate of cancer. They
risk for brain cancer and higher risk than that, for leukemia.
The damage does not happen only to soldiers- a huge study
radio amateurs in the US found that 15 years after a license
operate the transmitters, their brain cancer death rate was
1.5 times than the rest of the population.
Dr. Lika Kneifets from the WHO, summerized results of 29
brain cancer. She found that on average, workers exopsed to
had higher cancer illness and death rate. "Another thing
attention", tells Dr. Heim Biran, a senior oncolog in
hospital, "In these cases of radar soldiers, was that
they were young.
Cancer appearance is a function of age. It is more common
in higher age.
If cancer shows under 40, and surely after 30- we have to
look for a
genetic or environmental cause".
Dr. Eliahu Richter supports this position. "Cancer that
appears after a
small number of years after the exopsure, is evidence that
is the cause".
By Biran, "another hint about the disease source is
that excess of brain
cancer fits especially to the influence of the electromagnetic
radiation, because a possiible mechanism was offered to creating
by which the radiation hits the brain's natural protection
prevents toxins from entering into the brain".
After all these evidences, Dr Ronen Hareuveni, head of electromagnetic
radiation department of the center of nuclear research center,
the WHO determined that there is not enough evidence in this
Not only in the world, but also in Israel the formal authorities,
from the army, are not convinced about the cancer danger issue.
are many question marks in the subject" says Dr. Kurt
principle doctor in the work control in the work ministry.
Also the health ministry hesitates:"Most of the researchers
convinced that RF creates heat only and apart from this influence
damage is expected.
A small number of researchers think that there are enough
other radiation effects. Although this is not the majority
public health responsible authorities are considerate about
it and take
it into account"
Not surprisingly, Zahal position becomes sharper in lawsuits
soldiers who want to be resognized as army handicaps. In 18
in 2001, it turns out from the report of the state comptroller,
all the medical expressions of opinions from the rehabilitiation
department deny the possibility that cancer is caused by RF
state that there is no link between the army service to the
disease, while all the
experssions of opinions from the side of the soldiers determine
there is a causal relationship between the disease and the
The expressions of opinion of the army were not influenced
by the fact
that the court had already recognized the causal link about
Most of the lawsuits for handicap recognition are rejected,
soldier has to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the
caused by his army service, and cancer is a disease which
cannot be determined at any case and case.
"The only case when the proof is opposite - Zahal is
demanded to prove
that the cancer was not caused by the radiation", tells
Frishtick, "is when the soldier not only got the cancer
but also died
from it while serving in the army". Because the cancer
found out after he is free from service, this situation is
it happened to 2 soldiers from the intelligence force who
to radiation and got cancer while they were serving in the
In these 2 cases Zahal couldn't prove that their death was
not caused by
the radiation exopsure and their families were recognized
families. "There is a cynical and absurd situation"
says a lawyer who
deals with such lawsuit. "In order to be recognized as
someone from their unit has to die".
Adi Agmon was 23 when she died from kidney cancer while serving
regulary army. Zahal recognized that her death was caused
Her father, David Agmon says that this achievement of the
front of the army used as a precedent for other cases in the
(but not in other units because it's not necessary the same
level). Agmon says that in the trial, which lasted for 5 years,
was a trial of the security ministry to have a settlement.
Another way to check objectively if there is a tendency for
the workers is to make a research to check the cancer rate.
what the state comptroller report determined. "We understood
are professional controvensions", Heim Leshem from the
Ministry told to the critisicm committee. "We recommended
to do a big
epidimiological study". The research was supposed to
be finished in
In October 2001, when Zahal didn't start the checking, a
decision was made: "Zahal will apply to the health ministry
an expression of authorized opinion". Although it takes
determine if the exopsure to radiation causes cancer, the
took less than 10 months. It came to the same conclusions
Dr Moshe and stated that "Until today there is not evidence
carcinogenic influence of EMR on the people that are exposed
during their work or other frameworks".
Knesset member Ofir Pines, then a critisicm committee member,
harder for the committee: "Why has Zahal to check itself?".
Dr. Moshe answered: "It is about exposed data, it will
be exposed and
can be criticized". The Health Ministry and Zahal refused
to expose the
data or enable an interview with one of the committee members.
going to raise this subject beyond what the law requires,
critisicm committee, says Pines.
In the meeting of the critisicm committee Dr. Sigal Sadezki
the manager of the cancer and radiation epidimiology unit
disease control center in the health ministry. She was surprised
the conclusions and said "It can't be said that this
is the Health
Ministry position". To Haaretz she said: "The link
(between cancer and
EMR) is not proven, but also not refuted".
It is not clear how this committee made the research was
because it says it hasn't the medical files of the plaintiffs
Despite the fact that Zahal is committed to it by law, it
the plaintiff soldiers their medical files.
"The problem", says an anonymus lawyer, "is
that when requesting a file,
several pages arrive after a year. Either they don't have
they hide it".
Brigadier-General [second highest rank in Israeli army],
claims that "the loss of medical files in Zahal is about
As Zahal thinks that electromagnetic radiation does not cause
doesn't do much in order to protect against it. First of all,
no formal standard which determines above which level electromagnetic
radiation is dangerous. There are recommendations, that the
determined in 1998.
The Environment Quality Ministry stated it's process of making
it a law
but it is still in discussion. The internet site of the Ministry
states"these recommendations are called sometimes "standards".
these are only recommendations, the Work Ministry does not
see a reason
to make regular checking of the radiation levels that workers
exposed to. "We don't have enough on what to base on"
says Piter Magnus
the main work controler in the Health Ministry.
In Zahal, after radiation checks found exceeding values,
it was decided
in 1999 that the army would do radiation levels checkings
soldiers who would be specialied in that. The principle medical
headquarters did not determine a certain way to authorize
people, and the workers are not directed to the formal course
nuclear research center ("Sorek"). More serious
than that, is the lack
of shielding equimpment. Soldiers are not given any shield
radiation, despite the fact it's easy to get- it's about metal
like in the microwave oven. "Every metal net blocks radiation"
Margaliot. A basic protection program can guide the soldiers.
The soldiers who got cancer in the connection unit told that
worked directly with the antennas while they had been operating.
simplest way to avoid the radar radiation is to get closer
to it only
when it is turned off", says Margaliot. And if it's necessary
the antenna while still working, it has to be remembered that
radiation is very accurate and the soldiers can be warned
not to be in
the radiation range of the ray.
Dr. Biran adds "It is important to do also what is done
in cases of X
ray- to give the workers rest time, when the body corrects
The soldiers who were hurt used to work with no break and
say they were
not told about the possibility that the radiation causes cancer
not told to avoid exposure.
"According to the patients I checked, says Richter,
"they did not use
any sort of shield and did not know about the dangers".
"Instead of making a
survey, to invest in that the soldiers will know about the
better to invest in monitoring equipment that will warn when
exposure limit is above the determined level of magnetic field"
[speaking is the responsible to ignoring from Zoran and Porat
who used exactly the same monitoring equipment to deny the
radiation levels, he made some kind of average mixing the
levels when the transmitters were working, with the levels
transmitters when NOT working.
Is that the reason he doesn't want to invest in giving some
these poor soldiers?! I.A] said Dr Stilian Galberg, the head
radiation department in the Environment Quality Ministry,
"Today it's possible to pervent radiation completely"
Goldberg. "Will they stop using radars after the survey?
of course not.
Then they will have to deal with the problem. That's why I
why not deal with the problem when there is doubt. Why not
strictest measures to shield in order to prevent doubt. If
doubt, there is no doubt".
Zahal spokesman reaction:
Zahal position is that there is no scientific basis to claim
there's a link between radiation exposure and cancer. The
adopted the WHO position and the INCIRP position, which the
Quality Ministry also adopted. By which, the only proven dangers
After dozens of year of deep research in the subject, there
found any scientific basis for the existance of other health
effects from RF.
The exposure limits in Zahal are determined by the strict
the ICNIRP that are adopted by the WHO.
The Environment Quality Ministry also adopts the standard
which is in
the process of becoming a law in Israel. Zahal has been committed
exposure standard for 15 years (since the day it was published).
The standard is very strict, takes high safey measures and
by Europe and most of western countries.
The accepted way for protection against radiation is standing
standards by radiation mesearments and by safety guidlines.
This way is
implemented in Zahal by the guidance of the principle medical
Personal protection means are not effective against non-ionizing
protection [give me a break ! And they expect the soldiers
to serve them
The standard for the workers population is safe, because
it takes into
account 10 times fold from the threshold of the health effects.
that it is concluded that this population is protected against
according to the standard. [That's exactly the problem, they
protected just according to the standard, but not according
to reality I.A].
Message from Iris Atzmon
Two appeals by neighbor groups to Stop antennas by Sprint
residential neighborhood in Berkeley, California
We have some good news for you. The City Council of Berkeley
meeting last night. Among other things, they had our case
agenda. The Council was to decide as what to do with our appeals.
had three options: 1) to dismiss our appeals (we lose); 2)
to give us a
Public Hearing; 3) to send our appeals back to the Zoning
Board (not a
Last night, lots of people showed up to the Berkeley City
support our appeals. We were so worry because the Planning
had recommended the dismissal of our appeals. That is, we
could lose the
case without having a chance to present our case in a Public
So, our goal was to ask the City Council to give us a Public
Our supporters (25) were holding signs on which it was written
Hearing." We also had a huge sign (wall to wall) on which
it was written
The City Council considered our case 10 minutes after they
meeting and unanimously voted yes to give us a Public Hearing.
final battle is set for June 17th , 2003, when we will fully
case and evidence.
A little victory for now. We are at work to make preparations
the Public Hearing. We will not let Sprint or other companies
pollute our neighborhood.
We would like to express our gratitude to all of you. Many
of you sent
us, as well as our Mayor and City Council members e-mails.
In the file
of our case, there are many e-mails from all over the globe.