Measurements of the Environmental Natural Radiation in the Northern WestBank Governorate of Jenin-Palestine

Orwa Jaber Housheya


A survey of low background radiation level at the Northern WestBank Governorate-Jenin has been measured to explore the possibility of the existence of radioactive nuclear pollution or waste. There has been several reports indicating that the Jenin governorate has higher deaths from cancer compared with the rest of the WestBank. Thus, the purpose of the research was to trace any abnormality in the natural radiation and deduce any correlation between detected radiation and cancer cases. A radiation detector, equipped with Gieger-Muller counter was used to check the presence of environmental ionizing radiation. The Gieger-Muller counter works well even in the absence of any artificial or natural radioactive sources. The absorbed dose ranged from 0.040 μSv/h to 0.056 μSv/h, consistent with normal radiation being reported in the U.S. and Australia. A new hypothesis is proposed as to the rise in cancer cases in the Palestine.


Natural radiation; Gieger counter; Jenin; WestBank; Radioactive waste

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