Treating Syrian Wounded: Safed's Medical Melting Pot

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Featuring Dr. Salman Zarka, Director General of Ziv Medical Center

Dr. Zarka, the first Druze to head an Israeli hospital, will speak about his fascinating personal experience treating injured Syrians, and will present the untold story of the way Israel treats those injured without actually knowing who they are – whether they are regular civilians or fighters.
Prior to his position at Ziv Medical Center, Dr. Zarka served as a Colonel in the Israel Defense Forces for 25 years in a variety of positions, the last of which was as Commander of the Military Health Services Department. Prior to this position, Dr. Zarka was the head of the Medical Corps of the Northern Command and Commander of the Military Field Hospital for the Syrian casualties in the Golan Heights. Dr. Zarka graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa in 1988. He received a master’s degree in Public Health from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, as well as a master’s in Political Science from the University of Haifa.

About Ziv Medical Center:

Ziv Medical Center was established in 1910 with the aim of providing treatment to the Jews of Safed, the city of Kabala. The Center has constantly worked towards improving the health of all the residents of the north, a population comprising a wide mosaic of cultural and religious backgrounds.

In three years, over 2,000 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals; since February 2013, Ziv Medical Center has treated more than 570 wounded and ill Syrians, providing them with humanitarian medical assistance. As the hospital closest to the border, Ziv Medical Center has become the first port of call for most patients who come through the border fence between Israel and the Syrian city of Quneitra, as well as other areas affected by the brutal Syrian Civil War. According to one doctor, “At least 70 percent to 80 percent of our Syrian patients are combatants, but we don't know what happened, when or how. We don't know who they are, either.”
Join us to learn about bridges of coexistence that are being built in Ziv Medical Center through the nondiscriminatory medical care they provide to both Israelis and Syrians.

Presented by:
American Jewish Committee, ACCESS, the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, American Healthcare Professionals & Friends for Medicine in Israel, and Young Israel of Toco Hills

6:30 PM - Registration
7:00 PM - Program Begins

Young Israel of Toco Hills
2056 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
Kosher Refreshments Will Be Served
Cost: $5.00
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By: AJC Atlanta Regional Office

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