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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Took emergency leave WtditMdiy, October 31, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD 29 Arab neurosurgeon left U.S. job for war By JUAN DE ONIS New York Times Service DAMASCUS, Syria When Dr. Mohammed Sartawi, a neurosurgeon at Houston's Memorial Hospital, heard that Damascus was being bombed by Israeli warplanes, he took an emergency leave and flew here. "I knew there were only two neurosurgeons in Syria, and I felt as an Arab that I had to be said Dr. Sartawi, a Palestinian who has been studying and working for the last eight years in the United States. At the Campus of the University of Damascus, where stretchers are piled up by the entrance to the medical school hospital, Dr. Sartawi and some other Syrian doctors and students talked about the war. Mud daubed Red Crescent Field Ambulances, which have been bringing wounded from the front, were parked nearby. Students in civil militia uniforms and carrying submachine guns guarded the entrances to the campus. "There is some frustration now that a cease fire has been accepted with Israeli forces still holding the Golan Heights, and a bit more of said Dr. Sartawi, who was raised in Baghdad after being forced to flee Palestine as a boy with his family in 1948. The doctors at the universi- ty hospital are not as busy now as they were during the heavy fighting last week, when there were many casualties calling for surgery and treatment of burns. Now the doctors and medical students have time to discuss among themselves how the war has gone. "There are some who ask now why we got into the war if we were not sufficiently prepared to win, and others who ask why we accepted a cease fire if we can still Dr. Sartawi said. "I think that this has been one battle in a war that will go said Dr. Sartawi, who works with Dr. Michael Debakey, one of the pioneers of open heart surgery. Dr. Aida Obeid, who is doing graduate work in pediatrics, has been working with wound- ed soldiers in the last three weeks. "This war has not ended and we have a long, hard way ahead. I don't say that a peaceful solution is not possible, but the struggle of the Arabs for their lands and rights is with an enemy that is said the young woman. Miss Obeid said that she hoped some day to get a fellowship to do advanced studies in the United States or France, but she does not know when. Miss Obeid, as well as several other students, including a young Iraqi, Sar- mad Ramadani, who has finished medical school here, expressed no hostility for political reasons at the idea of studying in the United States or Other western countries. "We would like to be friends with the American people, and we feel sorry that they are supplying Israel with bombs that have been dropped on our said Awad Hamdah, a student of commerce. Ali Abbas, a young medical student, said that the Arabs were fighting in two stages. The first was to recover lands occupied by Israel, and the se- cond was to regain for Palesti- nian refugees their rights in what is now Israel. "As long as the fundamental question of dispossessed Palestinians is not resolved, there can be no permanent said Abbas. Another Syrian student, Mohammed Hourani, who comes from El Quneitra in the occupied Golan Heights, said: "The mere existence of the state of Israel as an ex- clusivist Jewish state is an act of aggression against all the Arab people." Asked what his solution to the Palestinian problem would be, Hourani, who is pur- suing Arabic studies in the school of letters, said that a "democratic, secular state must replace the Zionist state, allowing Arabs and Jews to live together." CBC workers favor strike TORONTO (CP) A spokesman for the Canadian Wire Service Guild said today 250 reporters and editors in CBC newsrooms across Canada voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to go on strike to back wage demands. Laszlo Bastyovariszky, na- tional secretary of the Cana- dian Wire Service Guild, Local 213 of The Newspaper Guild, said "more than 95 per cent" have voted for strike ac- tion against the corporation. "Whether a strike will be called depends on the he said. "If they want us to go on strike, they just have to do nothing for the next few days and they will have a strike." 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