[ RadSafe ] Arafat Po poisoning report

פרומה ודב בריקנר brickner at smile.net.il
Sat Nov 9 11:35:02 CST 2013

17MBq/g in bone tissue and hypercellular bone marrow almost 3 weeks after
Dov  Brickner  MD
 Beer-Sheva ISRAEL 

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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Arafat Po poisoning report

For those who are interested, one of the labs analyzing Arafat's remains has
concluded that he was poisoned with Po-210. A copy of their report can be
downloaded from the Al Jazeera website

I have not had a chance to review the report at all - it's about 100 pages
in length and I just downloaded it. But I have to say that I'm dubious that
Po-210 could be detected so long after it was administered - with a
half-life of 138 days, it's undergone 24 half-lives of decay so the original
activity has decayed by a factor of 2^24 (about 17 million) since
mid-October, 2004.

The report did mention a concentration of almost 1 Bq/gm in bone in one
sample, which means that the concentration at death would have been over 17
MBq/gm if I'm doing the calculations correctly. That seems like an awful lot
of Po-210.

In any event, it would be interesting if those of you who are better versed
in laboratory procedures and such could comment on the plausibility of this
part of the report being correct. It would also be interesting if those of
you better-versed in radiation sickness could comment on the symptoms

Finally, I should say that, although I'm dubious, I'm also willing to change
my mind! If the reported lab results are correct then that's the way it

All the best -

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