Israel's Leaky Nukes Pollute ME
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Israeli Scientific Research:
Negev and Arava Aquifer Radiation Caused by "Dimona" Waste
GAZA, July 15, 2004 (IPC + WAFA)--
An official Israeli scientific research asserted that a significant
amount of radioactive material has leaked to the aquifer reservoirs
in the areas of Negev and Arava, south of historical Palestine, due
to the activity and increased nuclear waste production of
the "Dimona" reactor, in the Negev Desert.
The research, which was jointly conducted by the Israeli Ben Gurion
University, the Water Authority and the Center for Atomic Researches
in Wadi Sureek, published its findings yesterday, in which it was
revealed that there was a significant level of radiation in the
aquifer reservoirs located in the Negev and Arava areas.
The researched noted that the radioactive water were not used for
drinking, but used mainly in the fields of agriculture and fish-
raising pools, which would mean there were fears of having
contaminated fish or agricultural products.
The "Dimona" reactor, which operates under the name of "the Center
for Nuclear Researches" at the heart of the Negev Desert, is
surrounded by thick tall trees and bushes to keep it out of scene,
not to mention the electrified barbed wire around it, the military
patrols and anti-aircraft batteries.
Scientific reports and satellite images of the "Dimona" reactor
indicated that this 40-year-old facility has entered the phase of
strategic danger, as its assumed age has already expired ten years
ago, and this has clearly resulted in the cracking of the reactor's
core, and increased nuclear waste leakage.
Scientists have warned that if the Israeli government continued to
operate this reactor, it might eventually become a
second "Chernobyl", claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands or
even millions, if any malfunction in its systems resulted in a
Experts have mentioned that the infestation of carcinogenic tumors
among the nearby inhabitants and personnel of this reactor has mainly
resulted from the leaking of its nuclear waste to the surrounding
environment, mainly the aquifer reservoirs.
While a report prepared by the Israeli Channel 2 TV revealed that
dozens of "Dimona" personnel have actually died of different cancers
due to the radioactivity leakage, the Israeli government and the
reactor's administration refused to connect the deaths of those
employees and their work at the reactor, as well as between their
causes of death and the leaking radioactive materials from "Dimona".
FOR SOME BACKGROUND PLEASE READ BELOW:
Dimona Reactor a Mystery Threatening the Middle East
International Press Center (IPC)
September 18, 2003
"The Israeli nuclear reactor of Dimona is vulnerable to meltdown,
like the Russian reactor of Chernobyl two decades ago, which caused a
humanitarian and ecological catastrophe. If Dimona melts down, it
would affect an area 500 aerial kilometers in radius, reaching Cyprus
and the entire neighboring region", warned Dr. Yousef Abu Safiya,
Head of the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority.
A recent study conducted by the Jordanian authorities after a request
from the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority revealed that the
Israelis are aware of the possibility of a meltdown in Dimona
reactor, which in turn would affect the whole region, mainly the
Jordanian southern city of Tafila.
The study also showed that radioactive substances are leaking from
the Dimona reactor in a way that has increased rates of cancer
diseases among nearby populations, particularly those of Tafila City.
What make these assumptions largely based on solid ground are the
latest satellite images of the Dimona reactor, which showed that its
walls have cracks, which cut its assumed age into half.
With thorough investigation into Dimona Israel's nuclear plant, one
can observe the following facts:
The location of Dimona's reactor in the Negev desert is a delicate
one, situated between Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority's
territories. The reactor was built in 1963, as part of a deal with
France, who pledged to build the reactor in exchange for helping it
and the United Kingdom in attacking Egypt in what was known as the
1956-tripartite. As for funding the reactor's driving material, the
United States took care of that, in addition to giving assistance
with moving quantities of enriched Uranium to Israel.
The area on which the Dimona reactor is built on includes nine
buildings, including the reactor building itself. Each building is
tasked with producing a certain type of materials used to produce
weapons of mass destruction, such as Plutonium, Lithium and
Beryllium, used to manufacture nuclear bombs, in addition to
producing radioactive Uranium and Triennium.
The Dimona reactor is considered to be the most mysterious secrets of
the "nuclear world", as Israel categorically refused, since its
establishment in 1948 and after building the reactor, any routine
inspection that other reactors around the world goes through,
which "forcibly" open their reactors' doors in fear of the American
waving of the "club" of international resolutions.
No Inspection Beyond this Point!
Israel might be considered the only state that opposes to the
inspection visits conducted by the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) all over the world, added to its rejection, until this very
day, to sign the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,
which was signed by all Arab states.
In spite of the complete American support for the Israeli policy, the
Americans have expressed their concern over the reactor, as news
revealed an American attempt to send some of its nuclear-program
officials to inspect Dimona reactor apart from those working in the
IAEA, but Israel refused to allow them in, continuing the reactor's
legacy of being "visitation-proof", as only Israelis are allowed in.
The Fifth Nuclear Power
Israel is considered the fifth nuclear power in the world. In
addition to owning nuclear bombs that can be dropped from the air,
its nuclear arsenal includes also nuclear warheads that can reach a
distance of 1,500 kilometers, using the Israeli-made "Jericho"
Estimations show that Israel is in possession of 200 nuclear bombs,
but Arabm sources indicate that Israel own massive quantities of
Uranium and Plutonium that enables it of producing an additional 100
bombs. Israel, in the meantime, seeks to increase the production
efficiency of its reactor to about three times its current
efficiency from 28 to 100 megawatts.
According to recent reports, the Israeli nuclear reactor consumed
1,400 tons of Uranium last year, which indicates that its efficiency
might have reached 150 megawatts.
In a study requested by the Palestinian Ministry of Environment
Quality from the Jordanian authorities, it was revealed that the
average manifestation of cancer in the Al Tafila governorate, south
of Jordan, is higher than the other Jordanian governorates and
surrounding Arab countries.
According to Dr. Abu Safiya, high cancer rates were recorded in all
the southern Jordanian governorates, which confirmed the possible
direction of nuclear dust that might be leaking from Dimona.
It was recently revealed that five Israeli families lost their sons
who worked in Dimona reactor, and they filed charges in the Central
Court in Tel Aviv against the Israeli government and the reactor's
administration, demanding compensations for the cancer that killed
those workers due to radiation exposure.
According to the lawsuit, the prosecutors are relatives to five
Israelis who worked for a long time in the nuclear "village": Ze'eiv
Schforn, born in 1931 and started working in Dimona in 1962 as the
head of the supply crew. He was diagnosed with abdominal caner in
1966 and died in 1967. The second employee was Simon Dray, born in
1942 and worked in Dimona from 1966 until 1992 in the cleaning and
decontamination unit. In 1996 he was diagnosed with pharyngeal
cancer, and died in 1998. The third was Moshe Zegori, born in 1947,
and worked in the reactor from 1965 until 1985, also in cleaning and
decontamination. Before he left his job he found out that he had a
malignant tumor in his head, and died in 1987. The fourth employee
was Yousif Cohen, born in 1938, and worked in the reactor from 1970
until 1995, in maintenance. In 1997 he was diagnosed with several
malignant tumors, and died in 1998.
The fifth employee is still suffering from cancer in his body, and is
constantly under treatment. He worked in the reactor from 1969 until
1996, in maintenance and mechanical engineering.
The prosecutors of those victims are demanding the Israeli government
to take responsibility for their deaths, due to the radiation
exposure they suffered inside the reactor, which caused fatal
malignant tumors. At the same time, they claim that the reactor's
administration didn't take enough precaution measures and never
warned the employees about the radiation hazard.
As reports indicate, the reactor has become old now, as its isolation
walls have worn-out, which might cause the leakage of some radiation
from the reactor, a thing that will lead to devastating health and
ecological damages to the surrounding area.
According to the reports also, the reactor suffers from a dangerous
crack caused by "neutron" radiation, which caused structural damage,
as neutrons cause small gas bubbles inside the concrete support,
making it fragile and susceptible to cracking.
The United Arab Emirates-based "Al Bayan" newspaper revealed recently
that a serious debate was going on now about whether to stop working
in the reactor before the catastrophe occurs or not. Additionally, a
report made the by Israeli second TV channel mentioned that dozens of
the reactor's employees died of cancer, and that the reactor's
administration refuses to reveal the true number of casualties and
The Dimona reactor wasn't also immune to many working accidents that
happened inside it, including the burning of hazardous and poisonous
materials without providing the employees with suitable protective
equipment, as many of them died because of that. As well, quantities
of radioactive heavy water and nuclear waste leaked into a natural
geographical hill extending along the reactor.
By continuing to maintain and operate Dimona reactor, Israel is
committing a crime against humanity that will be added to the
atrocities it perpetrated along its history. Since 1971, the reactor
has never been provided with new cooling towers, even though the
reactor's efficiency has increased since then.
Dr. Abu Safiya pointed out that the most dangerous hazards of Dimona
reactor is in the element producing Plutonium, which is used to make
nuclear bombs. It's one of the resultant elements of Uranium DK
dissipation, and it can be used to synthesize enriched Uranium. It
contains 20% out of the 0.05% Uranium, which is the highly
radioactive substance that can be used in nuclear fission to
manufacture either nuclear bombs or atomic fuel.
Abu Safiya warned that there's a regional and long-term threat in
Dimona reactor, represented in the presence of these nuclear bombs in
the possession of a country such as Israel, a thing that raises
questions about the inspection visits in Iraq and demanding Iran to
be inspected too, as well as surprise inspections by the IAEA
officials, while Israel publicly admit to possessing nuclear weapons.
In response to that, Shimon Peres, temporary chairman of the Israeli
Labor party, claimed that there's no comparison between Iraq and
Israel, because, according to his claims, Iraq is ruled by
a "dictator", while Israel is a "democratic" state!
Right after this statement, Israel used poisonous gases in the city
of Khan Younis, which caused dozens of Palestinian citizens to suffer
from unconsciousness and severe illnesses, added to the spasms and
hysterical conditions some of them suffered from after inhaling such
Commenting on this incident, Dr. Abu Safiya said that "we ascertained
that these are nerve gases, by analyzing a specimen of the Israeli
bombs that didn't burn completely. Through analysis, we revealed that
it is composed of a group of nerve gases, due to which affected
citizens suffered from spasms this is an evidence against the state
that Peres say it's "democratic", which used internationally-banned
weapons against the Palestinian people."
Noteworthy that exposure to small amounts of radiation on the long
run might pose a serious threat to embryos and children, as well as
Israel Least Damaged
Dr. Abu Safiya demanded the IAEA "if they truly seek integrity" to
run checks in order to discover the level of radiation in the region
around the Dimona reactor.
"If we conduct, for example, a Contour Survey for all directions to
see the level of radiation and who's affected the most, we would find
that Israel is the safest, having its population localities in the
north far from the reactor. In addition, 95% of the wind direction in
Palestine is northwestern, which is opposite to the Israeli
population localities," Dr. Abu Safiya said.
The simplest radiation leak resulting from Dimona reactor is that of
the depleted Uranium, which is of catastrophic implications, as it is
considered one of the heavy elements that ruin kidney, liver and
respiratory system functions, leading to death. Only one atom of
radioactive Uranium is enough to cause fatal cancer.
What About the Reactor's Waste?
As for the waste products resulting from nuclear enrichment
operations in Dimona reactor, Dr. Abu Safiya said that it's buried in
areas near the Palestinian Authority controlled territories, as well
as Jordanian and Egyptian ones, especially in those areas where the
flow of aquifer water and direction of the wind is not in Israel's
favor. A report by Israel's second TV channel revealed that Dimona
reactor's waste products are buried in the areas east of the Al
Bureij refugee camp and the town of Deir El Balah. Currently, the
Palestinian Authority for Environment Quality is trying to get a
permission to get water analysis equipment inside Gaza Strip to check
these areas, but Israel is refusing.
"During the current Intifada, Israelis have buried nearly 50,000 tons
of industrial chemical waste in Gaza Strip, only 30 meters deep, on
an area of 5,000 square meters, as they stole the arable soil and
moved it inside Israel and buried industrial waste in its place. This
means that there's 150,000 cubic meters of poisonous waste buried in
Gaza, which is a catastrophe. Moreover, Israel isn't affected by this
waste because it was buried opposite to the flow of aquifer water,"
Abu Safiya narrated.
In the West Bank, most of what's buried is in the direction of the
eastern hills, because it's not included in the Israeli-controlled
lands, unlike the western hills. Now, the eastern hills are polluted
with chemical waster and pesticides.
Covering Up for Their Crimes
In Ramallah and Hebron, the Palestinian Authority had some basic
equipment to measure radiation and environmental pollution. These
equipment didn't only check radiation, but pollution in general, such
as soil, water, air and chemical pollution.
In this subject, Dr. Abu Safiya said that small devices were
discovered inside helicopters, which is used to regulate the fan's
rotation, as well as providing the pilot with some technical data.
These devices, if exposed to a person or played with by children,
might lead to death or blood and gene mutations, as it contains
radioactive materials. The Minister added that "after these devices
wore out, the Israelis dump them in the Palestinian controlled lands,
and we found three of these devices in Ramallah, one of which was in
President Yasser Arafat's office 'Al Moqata'a'." Such devices were
also found during the Israeli invasion of Ramallah City on March 29,
2002, after the Authority received warnings of suspicious radioactive
materials. When specialists from the Authority of Environment Quality
reached the area and checked these parts, they found out that it
contained glowing radioactive materials. The instruments those
specialists had indicated that radiation levels exceeded the maximum
limit. When the manufacturing company was contacted concerning that,
the company replied that these parts were sold to the Israeli Air
Force, and that it's used in helicopters of the type CH53.
As soon as the Israeli occupying forces invaded Ramallah, the
radiation checking equipment were destroyed, including those
equipment used to check the radioactive parts. Additionally, IOF blew
up the environment laboratory in Hebron and Ramallah, and destroyed
all the equipment by throwing them from the fifth floor.
Lately, a cargo of Israeli waste was uncovered in the city of Hebron,
which was composed of 80 barrels, in addition to 120 others in the
town of Al Ezareya, Jerusalem district. Furthermore, IOF moved in a
cargo of 2,500 tons of radioactive base coarse, and the radiation was
further confirmed when it was checked. The shipment was coming from
Italy, and when the Israeli Ministry of Environment discovered that
the radiation level of the base coarse was four times higher than
that internationally allowed, the shipment was illegitimately
diverted to Gaza City.
Unveiling the Hidden
The Israeli government has recently decided to boycott the British
Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) after the latter made a documentary
film about the Israeli nuclear weapons. Sources in the Israeli
Foreign Ministry explained that the film is Anti-Semitic an
accusation used by Israel to anyone or anything that they don't like.
The BBC had broadcasted previews of the documentary film, in which the
narrator's voice is heard on the background of the Israeli reactor
core in Dimona and the photo of Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed the
Israeli nuclear secrets, and the narrator asks: Which country in the
Middle East possesses nuclear weapons without declaring that? Which
country in the Middle East possesses the chemical and biological
ability without declaring that? Which country in the world throws
away the revealer of its nuclear secrets in jail for 18 years?
As for the producer of the documentary, he interviewed several senior
Israeli officials, including that chairman of the Israeli Labor
party, Shimon Peres, who is also considered the godfather of the
Israeli nuclear program, and the man who created the nuclear reactor
in Dimona. The producer asked Peres why Iraq aren't allowed to
possess nuclear weapons while Israeli can, and the answer was clearly
not satisfactory, and Peres found a claim to justify this question.
As for Mordechai Vanunu, who is staying in Israeli jails since 1986,
as the Israeli court indicted him of espionage, treason and selling
Israeli nuclear secrets to the "Sunday Times" British newspaper, and
was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Now, he spent 16 years of it.
Vanunu said that the Israeli authorities prevented him from meeting
his British lawyers. "Now, Peres won't be able to lie to [Ronald]
Reagan about not owning nuclear weapons. Now everybody knows that,"
Israel Protecting Itself
Israel surrounds itself with all means of protection. For example,
every Israeli citizen has a pill of "stable Iodine", and can be taken
anytime, as it gives radiation protection.
It was revealed that Israeli provided all its citizens with such a
pill, under the pretext of fearing an Iraqi nuclear strike, but the
truth confirmed that they dispensed it because of fearing the
meltdown of their own reactor, not only Dimona, but the other
research facilities around Israel.
On the Palestinian level, the Authority of Environment Quality has
tried to take some kind of protection, and sent a letter to the IAEA
and Arab Ministers of Health, considering that the Palestinians are
the weakest point and closest to the reactor, as Palestinian
controlled lands are only 50 aerial kilometers away from Dimona
reactor, but all these letters were rejected!
Among the examples that might be shown to indicate the amount of
damage caused to the Palestinians due to any nuclear meltdown, the
explosion that occurred in the pesticide factory in the city of Al
Majdal (Ashkelon), where the stench of the pesticides reached
Palestinian cities and towns due to thermal turnover and wind. Here,
Dr. Abu Safiya pointed out to the danger that might happen in case
an amount of radiation leaks from Dimona reactor, which will
jeopardize the entire surrounding region and on a large geographical
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