Court re­jects new Ziv direc­tor

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • Judy Siegel

The Nazareth Re­gional La­bor Court on Mon­day or­dered the can­cel­la­tion of the ap­point­ment of Dr. Sal­man Zarka – the first-ever Druse to di­rect an Is­raeli hos­pi­tal – as head of the Ziv Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Safed. The de­ci­sion was the re­sult of a law­suit against the ap­point­ment al­leg­ing im­proper pro­ce­dures. A new public ten­der must be is­sued within 60 days to choose a new direc­tor-gen­eral, and Zarka – who was pre­vi­ously re­spon­si­ble for am­bu­la­tory med­i­cal care of IDF sol­diers – may ap­ply to the new ten­der. He has run the Safed hos­pi­tal for sev­eral months, but the deputy direc­tor op­posed his ap­point­ment, ar­gu­ing that the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion had no right to ap­prove the ap­point­ment be­cause Zarka pre­sented his ap­pli­ca­tion late, as a re­sult of his ser­vice dur­ing the last war in Gaza.

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