Questions forwarded by the Coalition of Women for
Peace, a feminist NGO from Israel.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2004 11:17 PM
Subject: [CWJP] Re: Hiroshima and Depleted Uranium
I understand from the materials sent
that (1) Depleted Uranium is widely used in conventional weapons as coating and
armor piercing material. (2) this material is radioactive and toxic to humans
and the environment.
(1) is widely documented and admitted by
"officials", including in Israel.
(2) is known from reports of soldiers
and civilians who suffer from the after effects of bombings, and mostly denied
my questions - to however knows anything
about it or knows where I can find answers:
a. how depleted is the depleted uranium
used here? i.e., what is the % of U235 in the alloy?
b. the same question in another form:
how radioactive is the damn thing? because if I remember my physics, U238 is
considered "safe" for human handling, below hazardous levels. and this is the
c. or is it the inhalation of particles
that makes what little gamma radiation there is so much more
d. or maybe it is toxic also
for some other reasons, and not only radioactivity?
thanks for your help
of Women for a Just Peace
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