A resident who worked at the Cleveland Clinic from July to September last year apparently said on social media that she would “purposely give all the yahood the wrong meds.” (Yahood is an Arabic word for Jews.) There were many other anti-Semitic tweets in her timeline over the course of many years, but it’s unclear if the reason she’s not working at the clinic anymore has anything to do with those tweets.
According to Canary Mission, a watchdog group that tracks anti-Semitic and anti-Israel speech, Lara Kollab, who graduated from the Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine with a D.O. last year, has a history of these kinds of comments:
Lara Kollab has called for violence against Jews, spread anti-Semitism, trivialized the Holocaust, defended the terror organization Hamas and supported terrorists on Twitter.
She has also compared Israel to Nazi Germany, spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and hatred of Israel, and accused Israel of exploiting the Holocaust.
Her social media presence has been deleted, though plenty of the offending tweets were saved and documented at that site.
The Clinic issued a brief statement on Monday after the story went viral, saying they had no knowledge of them:
This individual was employed as a supervised resident at our hospital from July to September 2018. She is no longer working at Cleveland Clinic. In no way do these beliefs reflect those of our organization. We fully embrace diversity, inclusion and a culture of safety and respect across our entire health system.
The key word there is “supervised.” There’s no evidence she ever acted on the awful things she said online.
What’s also worth mentioning is that this isn’t even the first time the Cleveland Clinic has been under fire for employing someone who may have put patients’ lives at risk. In January of 2017, Dr. Daniel Neides, the Medical Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, posted an article questioning the efficacy of vaccines. He later apologized and the clinic put out another brief statement saying they didn’t approve his article in advance and that they “completely support vaccinations.”
(Images via Canary Mission. Thanks to Scott for the link)