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Sharon tells cell phone companies: Address radiation scare
Israel Created: 3 Aug 2005
Prime Minister Sharon addressed the controversial issue of cellular phone antennas' radiation emissions on Tuesday saying it "was less important whether (antennas cause cancer) or not, but how the public felt".

Sharon's comments were made at the inauguration of cellular phone company Cellcom's new offices in Netanya and came following the government's rejection of a proposition which would give compensation to people whose properties' market value have dropped due to their proximity to cellular phone antennas.

"There's a real fear among citizens and I call on you to reach a settled agreement," Sharon said at the Netanya event.
Cellcom President and Director General, Itzhak Peterburg, supported Sharon's statement and urged the cellular phone companies to work in tandem to negotiate a compensation settlement.

"We are willing to go to great lengths to settle the dispute and are reaching out towards all the relevant interest groups to increase transparency, reduce environmental damage and improve public security," Peterburg said.

Peterburg reminded the event's gatherers that "without antennas there is no cellular phone reception, and without reception there can be no cell phone services."

Communications minister Dalia Itzik, who also spoke at the event, criticized her fellow Labor Party member, Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz, who lead the government's compensation proposal against the will of the cellular phone companies.

"I have not yet seen a shred of evidence that cellular phone antennas cause any health problems," Itzik said.

In addition, Itzik told the Cellcom management present that they should draw their own conclusions from the crisis.

"The public does not like you, nor do they believe you. You have brought the cancer scare upon yourselves and now must fix your public image," Itzik said.
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Source: By Hertzel Laks

Cellular antenna fight heats up. Spate of antenna burnings in the north endangers firemen
Israel Created: 2 Aug 2005
Cellular antenna fight heats up
Spate of antenna burnings in the north endangers firemen

Early Monday morning an antenna in Haifa’s lower city area was set on fire when blocks of wood and tires were set afire at the base of the antenna, causing great damage to the installation.
Last (Tuesday) night assailants broke down the roof door of a commercial center on Moshe Sharett St. in Kiryat Yam, poured gasoline on the antennas and set them afire.
The police have opened an investigation in to the arson attacks, but the firefighters are the ones who are nervous.
Haifa area Firefighter spokesman Hezi Levi said they are very concerned about the high tension electrical wires, as well as the high levels of radiation that escapes when the antennas burn down.
“When the electrical circuits of the antennas are working, it is supposed to be safe to get near them because the antennas have a protective system to prevent radiation leaks. But when the circuits and the protective system are damaged, and the electrical wires are exposed, people working near the antennas could get seriously hurt”, he said.
Levi added that the voltage feeding in to the antennas are 380 kilowatts.
“This is a very high voltage that could electrocute the firefighters”, and that an antenna has all sorts of backup chemical compounds, which could be dangerous if released in to the air in the event of a fire.
“Certainly the antennas located on top of residential buildings are dangerous because there is no guarantee that the fire will be contained to that rooftop”, according to Levi.

"Government prefers cellular companies over citizens"

Kiryat Yam mayor Adv. Shmuel Siso said that the blazes could endanger lives.
He urged cellular companies not to wait for the outcome of a government inquiry board and quickly adopt the Interior Ministry’s stance on the issue of no longer allowing antennas to be put up and removing existing ones from populated areas.
Deputy mayor of Haifa Shmuel Gelbhardt, a member of the city’s urban planning commission says he will recommend to the commission that no more cellular antennas be put up in the city.
A statement put out by the Haifa municipality said that “A situation where the government prefers the economic interests of the cellular companies over the public good means that Haifa municipality must take extraordinary steps now."
"Haifa must make even more stringent checks on the existing antennas in the city that fall within her jurisdiction, and will initiate legal proceedings to remove any antennas that have not been put up with all of the necessary checks and authorizations,” the statement said.
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Source: By Ahiya Raved (07.27.05) HAIFA

Cell phone radiation may cause visual damage
Israel Created: 2 Aug 2005
In a recent scientific study conducted by a team of researchers from the Technion, a possible link between microwave radiation, similar to the type found in cellular phones, and different kinds of damage to the visual system was found. At least one kind of damage seems to accumulate over time and not heal, challenging the common view and leading the researchers to the assertion that the duration of exposure is not less important than the intensity of the irradiation. The researchers also emphasized that existing exposure guidelines for microwave radiation might have to change.

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Warning for children to be printed on mobile telephones
Israel Created: 18 Jul 2005
Warning for children to be printed on mobile telephones

Israel, July 18 2005 -
Mobile telephones (handies, cellphones) should carry a printed warning that the radiation can be harmful to the brains of children.
This is proposed by Dalia Itzik, minister of communication in Israel. The reason is a recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO) for children to use a headset. An expert from Seoul University says children and adults should not use mobile telephones at all.

"With respect to children, WHO recommends that they should use hands-free headsets", said Mike Repacholi, coordinator of the radiation project of the WHO, a week ago on Canadian Television. The WHO currently investigates the link between cancer, health complaints and the radiation of mobile telephone systems. The skull of a child is thinner than that of an adult and the brains are still developing. Therefore experts suppose the risk for children is more than the risk for adults. Since the amount of mobile telephones worldwide is immense, even a small damage to the brains of children has major consequences.

The study is not only investigating the risk of cancer, but also the loss of memory and decline in mental functioning.
Results are expected by the end of the year. The saying of Michael Repacholi can be seen as preliminary clue.
It follows the warning of William Stewart of the British radiation council (NRPB) in February this year, that children up to eight years should not use a mobile telephone at all.
In the meantime manufacturers of mobile phone handsets are developing new products for children,
promoted in the U.S. by Barbie and Disney.

Red light

Dalia Itzik, minister of communication in Israel, reacted immediately to the advise of the WHO and decided, that cellular companies should print a warning on mobile phones, that the radiation can harm the brains of children. "This study done by the WHO needs to turn on a red light.
We have to act in order to protect the children", she said. Her proposal will be worked out in cooperation with the ministry of Health and the ministry of Environmental Affairs.
Some months ago Izhak Kadma, executive of the council for children's wellness in Israel, asked for similar rules.

In The Netherlands the radiation institute NRG in Petten advises to deny children a mobile phone.
Sending of SMS-messages has prevalence, since it means less radiation to the brains.
Adults should keep mobile phone calls short and use a headset.
A mobile phone should not be carried close to the body and NRG advises against making a phone call in a car.
Professor Xy Xi Shan of Seouls University however is more resolute. He says people should not use mobile telephones at all.
"We have proven already that the radiation damages the DNA of a living animal", says the professor. He expects to find the same for living humans.
The results of his research will be published by the end of 2006.
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Source: Tamar Trabalsi Hadad, Yediot Ahronot, Juli 17, 2005

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