The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio announced that it has fired a first-year resident after it was discovered that she had tweeted numerous anti-Semitic rants, including on August 28, 2013: “@ShabanSalya Allah yo5od el yahood 3ashan enbattel nettar nroo7 3nd hel wes5een -___- [May Allah take back (end the lives) of the Jews so we stop being forced to go to those unclean ones]” and on August 20, 2011: “@ZaidAtalla yeahh Allah yo5odhom el yahood [Allah will take the Jews].” And on January 2, 2012, the resident tweeted: “hahha ewww.. ill purposely give all the yahood [Jews] the wrong meds.”
On July 22, 2011, the resident tweeted: “@SalyaFalastenia I blame israel for everything. everything that goes wrong, i say ‘allah yo5od el yahood’ [Allah will kill the Jews] :P.”
In another tweet the resident stated: “Look, Haifa is sweet (nice), but it’s full of Jewish dogs, and it looks like America, meaning, it wasn’t that special to me … I don’t mean to sound insensitive but I have a REALLY hard time feeling bad about Holocaust seeing as the people who were in it now kill my people.”
It was revealed that the resident had attended a medical school whose mission “is to educate, perpetuate and enrich the historic Jewish tradition of tolerance and dignity.” Touro College issued that the following statement, in part, on its Twitter account: “Touro College is appalled by the anti-Semitic comments reportedly made by Lara Kollab, a graduate of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.”
As of December 2018, Lara Kollab’s LinkedIn page said she was an Internal Medicine Resident based in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from the Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine (Touro) with a D.O. in 2018. She received a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University (JCU) in 2013. Kollab’s Linkedin also said that she was a Biology tutor “to high school and college kids in her hometown” since 2013, a Mentor to “1st, 2nd, and 3rd year medical students” since 2015, and a “Big Sister” at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since 2016.
On October 8, 2017, Kollab said on Facebook that she was working at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago as part of her fourth year of medical school.
Kollab is connected to other social media users, whose feeds are replete with anti-Jewish posts.
In March 2018, Kollab used the alias “Elle Kay” on social media, but went by “Lara Kollab” as of December 2018.
The Cleveland Clinic issued a press release on January 2, 2019 that stated: “This individual was employed as a supervised, first-year resident at our hospital from July to September 2018. When we learned of the social media post, we took immediate action, conducted an internal review and placed her on administrative leave. Her departure was related to those posts and she has not worked at Cleveland Clinic since September. For first-year residents, multiple safeguards and direct supervision are required for patient care and prescribing medicine. In addition, there have been no reports of any patient harm related to her work during the time she was here. 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.”
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