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Israel: Hoge Raad beveelt onderzoek naar EHS -- Update 3

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De Israelische Hoge Raad heeft op 18 juli 2013 een uitspraak gedaan die beveelt dat de Israelische Overheid moet onderzoeken hoeveel kinderen last hebben van stralings/EHS-klachten.

Deze Hoge Raad uitspraak is geinitieerd door een petitie die aan deze Israeli Supreme Court is aangeboden welke pleitte voor het verbannen van Wi-Fi in schoolgebouwen.

UPDATE 2:

18 maart 2014

In Israël spanden een groep van ouders een rechtszaak aan tegen het Ministerie van Gezondheid en van Onderwijs over WiFi op school. In de rechtszaak getuigen 13 kinderen over hun elektrogevoeligheid en de gezondheidseffecten die ze ondervinden door WiFi op school.

De aanbeveling van het Ministerie van Onderwijs aan scholen is om bekabeld internet te verkiezen boven wifi. Als toch wifi wordt gïnstalleerd, moeten daar goede pedagogische of technische redenen voor zijn. Het aantal uren blootstelling moet ook beperkt worden (zeker bij de jongste kinderen) en de wifi uitgeschakeld wanneer niet in gebruik.

De aanklagers stellen echter dat dit beleid niet werkelijk wordt opgevolgd. 75% van de scholen installeerden namelijk wifi-netwerken.

Ook wordt de ontoereikendheid van de huidige blootstellingsnormen aangeklaagd.

 

Professor em. Elihu Richter, voormalig directeur van het Occupational and Environmental Medicine centrum aan de medische faculteit van de Hebrew University, bevestigt dat elektrogevoeligheid een reële aandoening is, die bovendien niet zo zeldzaam is als men zou geloven:

 "In my professional opinion , intolerance to electromagnetic radiation, is not a psychiatric or psychosomatic illness, but a medical condition caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation. My determination is based on my own experience, after I checked patients suffering from EHS and on the basis of scientific and medical information available. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, the Ministry of Health did nothing to check the dimensions of the phenomenon in Israel ...

I am getting disturbing reports of children who started suffering from EHS in Israel and abroad, after having introduced WiFi systems to school. I have no doubt, that due to entering the WiFi networks into schools, the number of children joining the suffering from EHS will continue to grow due to exposure to chronic radiation all day in school, and I stress that it's not a rare disease, but a phenomenon with increasing prevalence... it is important to emphasize that the population of children is particularly sensitive population, as children have a thin skull, causing a higher penetration of radiation into the brains, and because their nervous systems are still developing - so this population is more likely to develop EHS."

 

 

Radiation from WiFi: Not in our school?

Thirteen children testify in a petition to the court that they suffer from a disease arising from exposure to mobile phones and wireless network radiation, which is also in schools.

Response of the State: We do not know such a disease

 

By: Helena Lusky , Doctors website, 16/03/14

Efrat, biologist, and Ran, mechanical engineer by profession are the parents of two children aged 9 and 12, who are being educated at an elementary school in Tel Aviv, that installed like many schools in the country, WiFi network to adjust the curriculum for the 21st century. When they found out about a year and a half ago, that wireless network would be installed at school, they contacted the school board and the municipality of Tel Aviv, to veto, for fear of their children's exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

When their request was ignored, they decided to join the petition of the parents' national leadership, Sane mobile forum (both represented by lawyer Michael Bach) and attorney Dafna Tachover, against the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, a petition concerning the removal of wireless networks from schools. The petition is being discussed these days.

We all want our children to receive the best education, the most advanced methods, which include ICT and experiential lessons . The question is whether this progress may come at the expense of our children's health? And whether our children are used today actually as "guinea pigs" of the wireless technology, we do not know what will be its future effects.

EHS – is there such a disease or not?

13 affidavits were attached of children attending different schools in the country, with sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation (the disease EHS). One of them in eleventh grade, wrote in his affidavit: "I have pain all over the body, especially those parts closest to the device that emits radiation, especially the head and neck. At school I feel the pain, when children with cell phones coming to me, and in places With Wi-Fi in school."

President of the Supreme Court, Judge Asher Gronis, asked the state to estimate how many children in Israel suffer from EHS. The state's response indicates that such a disease is not known. According to the opinion of Professor Siegal Sadezk Director of Knowledge Center on non-ionizing radiation, and manager of Gertner Institute's department of radiation and Cancer epidemiology, there is no medical diagnosis to the phenomenon of sensitivity to radiation and therefore it can not be evaluated. It also states in its opinion that thesource of this sensitivity may be psychiatric symptoms, and in any case it is necessary to determine whether contaminants such as air pollution, are responsible for the disease.

In contrast, argues Professor Elihu Richter, director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University (retired), in a written statement: " In my professional opinion , intolerance to electromagnetic radiation, is not a psychiatric or phsychosomatic illness, but a medical condition caused by exposure to electromagnetic radiation. My determination is based on my own experience, after I checked patients suffering from EHS and on the basis of scientific and medical information available. unfortunately, to my knowledge, the Ministry of Health did nothing to check the dimensions of the phenomenon in Israel ...

I am getting disturbing reports of children who started suffering from EHS in Israel and abroad, after having introduced WiFi systems to school. I have no doubt, that due to entering the WiFi networks into schools, the number of children joining the suffering from EHS will continue to grow due to exposure to chronic radiation all day in school, and I stress that it's not a rare disease, but a phenomenon with increasing prevalence... it is important to emphasize that the population of children is particularly sensitive population, as children have a thin skull, causing a higher penetration of radiation into the brains, and because their nervous systems are still developing - so this population is more likely to develop EHS."

One policy , a different reality ?

Please note that there is a consensus in the country and the world to minimize the extent of possible exposure to a wireless networks, especially of sensitive populations such as children. A position paper of the cancer and radiation epidemiology unit from 2010, states that in accordance to the precautionary principle, it is better to use wired technology for communication between computers, since it is safer than wireless communication. This policy is consistent with the decision of the European Parliament from 2009 and the position of the World Health Organization in 2011, whereby the overall wireless technology Bluetooth conservation, WiFi and cordless phones, emitting electro-magnetic is possibly dangerous for humans.

Israeli Ministry of Education ordered schools to set up wired networks and only in places where these networks are causing a safety hazard, Wi-Fi will be installed and operated within the limits. For example, pedagogical content such as presentations, use of word processors software Excel files , etc. will be transferred to a wired network; wireless network on school grounds will be turned off when successfully used in the studies. Additionally, defined limits for a wireless network. grades a - C: up to 3 hours a week, and classes d and up to 8 hours a week.

The petition alleged that the Education Ministry does not enforce its own policy – and actually used in schools wireless network, unlike the Ministry of Health guidelines . This is much worse, given the fact that there were children who suffer from EHS. Indeed, data from the Ministry of Education presented in court shows that 75 percent of Israeli school installed a wireless network. This is surprising given the policy of the Ministry of Education, that one should prefer a wired network.

Radiation : High standard , testing is problematic

Another issue raised by the petitioners is the Israeli standard radiation. Allowable exposure level in Israel is 40-100 [micro watts per cm squared], compared with Europe where the population maximum exposure level of 0.1 [ micro watts per cm squared ].

According to an affidavit filed by Ram Dishon, an expert on radiation (an engineer), "the results of radiation levels do not at all reflect the true intensity in schools ... correct measurements will show, that the level of radiation in schools can be between 200 times and 1000 times greater than indicated in the reports ! I found that the most serious omission is the measuring devices used are not able to measure the radiation of the WiFi ... radiation meter used to measure radiation up to 3GHz while the WiFi works on frequencies up to 5 GHz ...

the reason for lower radiation levels in Israel is arising from using the wrong measurement and use of inappropriate equipment".

The Ministry of Education spokesman said: "The Ministry of Education published a guidance for schools, that the use of wireless would be the exception, the rule is to favor the installation of wired networks. The exception would be after demonstrating the existence of pedagogical and technical justification, and under other conditions that justify it. In radiation tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Ministry late last year, the radiation levels from wireless networks ( high-frequency radiation - RF ) were significantly lower levels than thresholds of the standards and usually even below the threshold of the measurement devices. It is noted that the issue is being discussed in court and reply is given to the petition".

Department of Health spokeswoman said: "No EHS cases were reported to the Health Ministry. The policy of the Ministry of Health regarding the integration of communication in schools is presented in a circular of the Ministry of Education's director in July 2013."

 

UPDATE 1:

Op 19 November 2013 heeft de Israelische overheid antwoord gegeven op de uitspraak van de Israelische Hoge Raad. Hierin werd de Israelische overheid opgedragen om meer specifieke informatie aan te leveren.

(1) De Israelische overheid heeft informatie aangeleverd welke aangeven dat in 18% van de schoolgebouwen Wifi is geinstalleerd

(2) De Israelische overheid heeft zich niet gehouden aan de rechterlijke uitspraak en heeft geen onderzoek gedaan naar de hoeveelheid scholieren die EHS-klachten ondervinden.

In plaats hiervan is Prof. Sadetzky gevraagd zijn visie te geven over EHS. Prof Sadetzky geeft aan dat er geen bewijs is dat EHS veroorzaakt wordt door elektromagnetische velden EMV (afkomstig van Wifi-apparatuur). De Israelische overheid volgt hierbij de positie van de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO).

Verder info volgt. Meer informatie is te vinden op:

http://ehsfighback.blogspot.co.il/2013/11/wi-fi-case-update-israeli-gov-did-not.html#more

http://ehsfighback.blogspot.co.il/

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Deze uitspraak is het resultaat van een uitgebreid pleidooi welke is geschreven door Dafna Tachover, aangeboden aan het Court op 13 juni 2013. Dit was een pleidooi van 65 pagina's, met een bijlage van 640 pagina's, welke vooral gericht was op een uitleg van het probleem elektrogevoeligheid (EHS).

De belangrijkste aanbeveling van dit pleidooi is om WIFI uit scholen te weren omdat het onredelijk is kinderen aan WIFi bloot te stellen terwijl het bewezen is dat het gezondheidsklachten kan veroorzaken.

 

Dafna Tachover, advocate, heeft met haar pleidooi geprobeerd te bewijzen dat:

(1) EHS een bestaande en reele aandoening is veroorzaakt door EMV

(2) de thermische blootstellingsnormen ontoereikend zijn zoals al 40 jaar geleden bekend was

(3) het onredelijk is te vertrouwen op de adviezen van de Wereldgezondheids-organisatie

(4) de evaluatie van de Israelische overheid betreffende dit onderwerp onprofessioneel en kortzichtig is

(5) de industrie bewust de bevolking misleidt.

 

Aangaande de veiligheidsnormen

De aanname van de Overheid dat binnen de gehanteerde normen zich absoluut geen negatieve gezondheidseffecten kunnen voordoen is onterecht want:

- Hoe kan de norm veilig zijn als Ms. Tachover en anderen lijden aan gezondheids/EHS-klachten?

- Hoe kan de norm veilig zijn als er duizenden studies zijn die biologische effecten aantonen

- Hoe kan de norm veilig zijn als zelf de (corrupte) WHO, EMV indeelt als mogelijk kankerverwekkend: 2B

 

Meer info op:

http://www.emfacts.com/2013/07/the-israeli-supreme-court-ordered-the-israeli-government-to-investigate-the-number-of-children-currently-suffering-from-ehs/

 

** Opvallende punt bij de Hoge Raad hoorzitting was het antwoord van de overheids-woordvoerder op de vraag: "Wat is de handelswijze als er een kind met EHS naar een school met geinstalleerde WIFI wil".

Het Overheids-antwoord hierop was: Dan wordt de WIFI in de school uitgezet.

 

** Ook in de correspondentie, voor deze hoorzitting, tussen Ms. Tachover en een Overheids-commissie gaf deze commissie aan dat:

Als er een kind is met gevoeligheid voor elektromagnetische velden, de overheid op individuele basis, naar een oplossing zal zoeken.

 

 

 

 

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