Woman with iPhone 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
A committee to establish a center for examining the influence on public health
of electromagnetic radiation has been established by the Science and Technology
A center for national research knowledge in the field – waiting
in the wings for almost eight years – will be set up this year to perform and
coordinate scientific studies, provide the general public with information and
make practical recommendations to the public, the ministry said on
The committee will be headed by ministry deputy director-general
Avi Anati, with additional members from the Infrastructure, Environmental
Protection, Finance, Defense and Communications ministries, as well as
representatives from the Research Center at Nahal Sorek, green organizations,
the Israel Consumer Council and academia.
The government decided in 2004
to establish a center for checking electromagnetic radiation, but that has yet
to be done, the ministry admitted. It added that it is determined to lead this
year a national project that will result in action. The minister of science and
technology will receive an annual report on the activities of such a center, it
A steering committee on the subject began on Sunday to take
measures leading to the establishment of such a center.
In the next few
weeks, the Science and Technology Ministry will issue a request for proposals
for its founding.
The committee will be part of the opening of the center
on an ongoing basis, and determine how it will operate and the conditions for
performing research in the field.
In the first stage, the ministry said,
an information unit will be opened, followed by a center for epidemiological
studies, basic research and risk assessment. The initial budget will total NIS 3
million for the first three years and be funded by the Science and Technology
and Environmental Protection ministries.
Officials said that a main task
of the center will be to respond to worries among the population about health
dangers from electromagnetic radiation from cellular phones, high-tension
electric wires, cellular phone company antennae and the like. The public will be
advised on how to minimize exposure to any dangers, including cancer risks,
posed by the technology.