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Salman Zarka

Salman Zarka is the Director of Ziv Medical Center in Safed, reservist of The Israel Defense Forces in the rank of Colonel, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health in the School of Public Health of Haifa University and senior lecturer in the Department of Military Medicine in the military doctors top track of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 2019, Dr. Zarka was selected as one of 12 torch-lighters at the annual Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem Salman Zarka was born in 1964 in Peki'in to a large Druze family. In 1982 he began his studies at the School of Medicine in Technion, Haifa, as part of Academic Reserve military program. After receiving his MD degree he started his military service. Dr. Zarka served as a doctor in an Armored Battalion of the 401st Brigade and as the brigade's medical officer, he served as a doctor in the 36th Division and as Head of the military health branch at the Chief Medical Officer headquarters. At 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel and was appointed as Medical Commander of the Northern Command during the tenure of Gadi Eizenkot as the commanding officer.

In 2013 he was appointed as the Commander of the IDF Center for Medical Services and the Head of Health Department in the Medical Corps. In March 2013 he founded and commanded the operation of a field hospital on the Israel-Syria border for the treatment of wounded victims of the Syrian Civil War. Zarka has a master's degree in epidemiology and public health from the Hebrew University, he is a graduate of the National Security College, a has master's degree in political science and national security from the University of Haifa. Serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of Military Medicine at the Hebrew University and as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health in the School of Public Health of Haifa University. At the last year, Dr. Zarka teaches at the Faculty of Medicine at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Zarka has two specialties: one in the field of public health and the other one in the field of medical management, in which he gained vast experience while serving as an assistant to the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Ronni Gamzu.

In this capacity he led the "Rest in Dignity" program and project of medical services upgrade across hospitals in northern Israel as part of establishment of Safed Medical School. At the time of the IDF Operation Protective Edge, during which he served as Commander of the IDF Center for Medical Services, Dr. Zarka managed the provision of medical services to the soldiers in the operation area, treatment of hospitalized soldiers and the establishment of military hospital in the Erez Crossing intended to provide assistance for the Gaza Strip citizens. In 2014, while serving as the Commander of the IDF Center for Medical Services, he decided to end his military career and to run for the position of the Director of Ziv Medical Center in Safed, which he holds as of December 2014; the beginning of his work was followed by a lawsuit filed by doctors who competed against him for the position and lost the tender. The lawsuit alleged that the Civil Service Commissioner was not authorized to approve the late tender application submitted by Dr. Zarka following his participation in Operation Protective Edge.

The lawsuit was discussed at the Labour Court, where it was decided to hold a repeated tender, in which Dr. Zarka again won the position of Director of Ziv Medical Center. Throughout recent years the Ziv Medical Center prospers and enjoys a rapid growth, improving the medical services for residents of northern Israel and providing appropriate medical solutions for patients in the periphery without the need to travel long distances. Ziv hospital is facing another challenge related with the preparedness for emergency situations. During the Second Lebanon War about 1500 wounded patients were treated in the hospital - both soldiers and citizens of the state. In addition, it suffered a direct hit by a rocket. In year 2016, a Child Health Center was opened within the facility, it is located in a reinforced building, comprehensively addresses the needs of northern residents, is designed to provide initial assistance in emergency events. Under the direction of Dr. Zarka, Ziv hospital continues to lead the humanitarian treatment of wounded in Syrian civil war.

About 800 patients were treated at Ziv Medical Center from 2013 to 2016, as part of the Israeli humanitarian aid to Syrian citizens. Dr. Zarka is publishing a medical book Complicated War Trauma and Care of the Wounded, based on Ziv Hospital experience

Felipe Seade

Felipe Seade was a painter and teacher of Lebanese descent who spent most of his life in Uruguay. Seade was born in Antofagasta, the elder son of a Lebanese immigrant family. Eleven years his whole family moved to Montevideo, Uruguay. At the age of 12 Seade began working as an assistant to the Muralist Enrique Albertazzi and the painter Guillermo Rodríguez. Under Rodríguez' influence Seade took some painting courses at the Fine Arts Circle school, he had his first show in 1925. From 1931 well into the 1950s Seade presented work in many national and city halls. In 1944, Seade began his parallel career as a teacher, he first work as teacher of drawing at the Liceo de Colonia, where he managed to paint the large mural, Alegoría al Trabajo, as a professor of the Montevideo Fine Arts School, where he taught for 25 years. It is impossible to understand Seade's artistic life without a reference to his political life, he wanted to paint for "the people, not for the walls of the bourgeoisie". He aspired to paint murals, the preferred way for his generation to reach the masses, but the only murals he managed to finish were the one in Colonia and the La marcha del Pueblo à la Piedra Alta at the Conference Hall of the Liceo de Florida.

However, a significant part or Seade's work is formed by his sketches of murals and preparity sketches for murals. Thematically, Seade sought to represent the characters of Uruguayan life – washing women, soccer fans and women. Not from a tourist perspective, which he despised, but with the passion of a convinced social realist. Seade was an expert draughtsman, his most public work was a long series of illustrations for Mundo Uruguayo. His more private drawings were sketches for paintings. Although Seade had an active participation in Salons and through his teaching was one of the more visible artists of Uruguay in his time, he disliked and avoided the world of galleries and art critics; this is one reason why after his death he has remained in relative obscurity. Important critics and historians such as Gabriel Peluffo Linari, Fernando García Esteban and Atahualpa del Cioppo have recognised Seade's cultural importance. Lebanese Uruguayan Felipe Seade Web Site including many examples of his work