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May 10, 1948 THE TRANSCRIPT PAGE THREE The Wounded Smile By a Combat Surgeon Casualties are natural in battle. In fighting, soldiers get shot, blown up. Some are killed; many are wounded. Whether the wounded live depends very much on the combat medical service--availa- bility of surgeons on the spot, their skill, courage, the equipment they dispose. In regular fighting, medical serv- ices are covered by the Geneva convention. In Palestine the Arabs recognize no such civilizing limi- tation to barbarity. The Magen David Adorn-Red Shield of David-- is as good a target as any--and bet- ter than most--for their attacks. For an ambulance will usually con- tain doctors, nurses and helpless patients. The murder of the medi- cal team and their patients in the Haddassah convoy the other day is but one example. In action the Arabs show even less reluctance in attacking doctors and medical orderlies and in mutilating the wounded. No Picnic Being a combat surgeon with the Itaganah forces is no picnic. Yet the surgeons on the Jewish Army, doing a heroic humanitarian job in the finest traditions of medicine and of Jewish valour, are serving with proud hearts and high spirits. During the war, at the height of the London Blitz, America sent complete surgical teams--surgeons, surgical equipment, instruments and appliances--to do a humani- tarian relief job. Any people at war welcome such services, and the medical profession considers such demands on its skill and conscience as a worthy compliment to a noble calling. Surgeons and surgical equipment would be welcomed just as deeply by Haganah, the Jewish Army of Palestine, now fighting the fight for the survival and dig- nity of the Jewish People. Surgical Skill Not Only Need Surgical skill is only one of the qualities needed for action in Pal- estine. The possession of guts is just as important, as the accom- panying story shows. It is written by a Haganah combat surgeon, one of the happy band of healers, who are saving lives and whose cour- ageous devotion to duty has done much to maintain the morale of Haganah troops in action. If they are killed, they are killed. But they know that if they are wounded, they will be treated quickly by the best surgical hands that proficiency and a warm heart can move. That is one of the reasons why even the wounded wear a smile. This story incidentally shows how British "neutrality" operates, how wounded have often to be hid- (Continued on Page 4) SUPPORT YOUR FEDERATED JEWISH FUND GIVE THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE Not by bread alone... HE JEWS WHO SURVIVED the last 15 years in Europe cannot live by bread alone. Hope keeps their spirits alive--hope that someday, somewhere, they will be able to build a new life. Hope that the world will ive them a chance to live and forget. Of the million and a half who remain in Europe, more than a mill'ion are still suffering. We nmst provide more than bare existence-- we must help them to fulfill their hope. We must give them the opportunity to re- build their lives, wherever they can. In the DP camps, Palestine is the living hope of hundreds of thousands. Seventy-five thousand will go to Palestine this year. Many are going to other lands of haven. Meanwhile, the Jews of Palestine are strug- gling to preserve their freedom. Their survival and their future are at stake. This year we must make secure the future cff this people, once and for all! This year your dollars are not just charity. Your dollars are making history. When the out- come is known, will your conscience be dear? What are you ready to do in this crisis ? What will you give for survival and freedom? i WHAT MUST BE DONE IN 1948... 1. Supplementary aid for 250,000 displaced Jews it, Germany, Austria, Italy and Cyprus. 2. Relief, reha- bilitation, and reconstruction for one million Jews in Eastern and Western Europe. 3. Immigration and reception in Palestine of 75,000 homeless Jews, includ- ing 24,000 *children. 4. Housing, retraining and settle- ment for the newcomers in Palestine. S. Reception and adjustment of refugees who will enter the U. S. in 1948. GIVE TO SEATTLE'S SHARE through the FEDERATED JEWISH FUND 725 Seriboard Bldg. MAin 8213 FRANK L. NEWMAN, Chairman SEATTLE'S OVERALL GOAL: $850,000 1948 Destiny Campaign UNITED JEWISH APPEAL for $250,000,000 minimum For the Relief, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Programs of Joint Distribution Committee, United Palestine Appeal and United Service for New Americanr Henry Morgenthau, Jr., General Chairman