- The Cleveland Clinic confirmed on Monday that a resident who posted anti-Semitic messages online is no longer employed by the prestigious medical center.
- Between 2011 and 2017, Dr. Lara Kollab posted several anti-Semitic remarks online including one in which she reportedly said she would “purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds.”
- The comments were first reported by Canary Mission, an organisation that tracks individuals and organisations who “promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses.”
The Cleveland Clinic confirmed on Monday that a medical resident who was outed for tweeting anti-Semitic posts is no longer employed by the prestigious hospital.
The hospital wouldn’t say directly whether Dr. Lara Kollab was fired for the racist tweets, but its statement said it “was recently made aware of comments posted to social media by a former employee” and that “she is no longer working at Cleveland Clinic.”
“In no way do these beliefs reflect those of our organisation,” the Cleveland Clinic added in its statement. “We fully embrace diversity, inclusion and a culture of safety and respect across our entire health system.”
Kollab worked as a supervised resident at the hospital from July to September of 2018, the clinic said.
Her racist tweets were first made public by Canary Mission, a website that doxes individuals and organisations that express anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian sentiments.
The website mined the physician’s social media profile for dozens of such tweets, all of which were written between 2011 and 2017.
Perhaps the most shocking was one that Canary Mission documented was written in January 2012, in which she promised to “purposely give all the yahood [Jews] the wrong meds.”
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According to her LinkedIn page that Canary Mission documented before it was deleted, Kollab went to medical school at the Jewish-founded Touro College in New York City. In 2013, she complained that it was “annoying to go to school in a city full of Jews because everywhere I go I hear about the wonderful [I]srael,” according to Canary Mission.
In other tweets, she reportedly downplayed the Holocaust and expresseed support for pro-Palestine groups.
“I don’t mean to sound insensitive but I have a REALLY hard time feeling bad about [the] Holocaust seeing as the ppl who were in it now kill my ppl,” she said in another tweet seen by Canary Mission.
Kollab’s medical licence, which was issued by the State Medical Board of Ohio in July, is still active, according to public records The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed.
“Her certificate is valid as long as the individual is actively part of the program which was indicated on the training certificate application by the supervising entity,” Tessie Pollock, the board’s director of communications, told Fox News. “It is the Mission of the State Medical Board of Ohio to protect the health and safety of all Ohioans. Malicious acts and attitudes toward any population go against the Medical Practices Act and are denounced by the board.”
INSIDER reached out to Kollab for comment on Wednesday but did not receive a response.
There has been a marked increase in anti-Semitism in the US. In February, the Anti-Defamation League released a report showing a 60% increase in anti-Semitic incidents in 2017 over 2016.
It was the largest single-year increase on record and the second-highest number the ADL reported since the organisation started tracking such incidents in the 1970s.
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