Doc who said she’d give Jews ‘wrong meds’ has job offer withdrawn

Doc who said she’d give Jews ‘wrong meds’ has job offer withdrawn April 6, 2019
Image via Facebook/Canary Mission

KERN Medical Center in Bakersfield, California, this week withdrew a job offer made to Dr Lara Kollab, above, who was fired last year from the Cleveland Clinic after it was discovered that she had posted anti-Semitic tweets. 

A number of Kollab’s tweets from her time as an undergraduate student were uncovered by the Canary Mission, an organisation that tracks offensive social media posts by pro-Palestinian activists.

“I’ll purposely give the yahood the wrong meds,” she tweeted in 2012, using the Arabic word for “Jews.” The following year, she posted a picture purportedly from her college class notes that read:

People who support Israel should have their immune cells killed so they can see how it feels to not be able to defend yourself from foreign invaders.

In announcing its withdrawal of Kollab’s job offer, Kern said:

Kern Medical has determined that Dr Lara Kollab breached her Match Participant Agreement when she submitted information that was false, misleading, and incomplete to Kern Medical during the interview and match process.

Kern Medical is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our patients and expects the highest level of integrity and compassion from our staff. We look forward to welcoming our new class of residents and working with them to bring an exceptional level of care to all of our patients, regardless of race, religious background or social standing.

Kollab apologised for her remarks in January, a few days after the Cleveland Clinic confirmed that she had stopped working there in September 2018 for reasons connected to her social media history.

Earlier this year she said in a statement on her website:

As a girl in my teens and early twenties, I had difficulty constructively expressing my intense feelings about what I witnessed in my ancestral land. Like many young people lacking life experience, I expressed myself by making insensitive remarks and statements of passion devoid of thought, not realizing the harm and offense these words would cause.

These posts were made years before I was accepted into medical school, when I was a naïve, and impressionable girl barely out of high school. I matured into a young adult during the years I attended college and medical school, and adopted strong values of inclusion, tolerance, and humanity.

I take my profession and the Hippocratic Oath seriously and would never intentionally cause harm to any patient seeking medical care.  As a physician, I will always strive to give the best medical treatment to all people, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, or culture.

I have learned from this experience and am sorry for the pain I have caused. I pray that the Jewish community will understand and forgive me. I hope to make amends so that we can move forward and work together towards a better future for us all.

Kollab received her medical degree in 2018 from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Touro, which describes itself on its website as “Rooted in Jewish tradition, built on Jewish values,” condemned her last year.

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  • Raging Bee

    …the Canary Mission, an organisation that tracks offensive social media posts by pro-Palestinian activists.

    That’s fine, but are those the ONLY kind of activists they track? I hope there aren’t any anti-Palestinian activists posting similar crap and not getting noticed.

  • persephone

    Considering the number of psychos out there, many of these groups do have a fairly narrow focus. The Canary Mission has its focus, just like SPLC and ACLU and American United.

  • kaydenpat

    Her apology appears to be sincere but there are consequences for one’s words even if they are no longer representative of one’s current mindset.

  • John Thunderer

    The zionists appear to have added another scalp to their haul as a result of their appalling treatment of Palestinians.
    Lara Kollab – at the time she made her offensive comments – was young, immature and foolish.
    She made a mistake of confusing the zionist state with the much greater body of decent Jews living in the US and elsewhere around the world.
    Even so, if she knew her intended career was to be in the field of medicine, she ought not to have said what she said.
    She has acknowledged this and due allowance should now be made for this.
    Where she seems to have gone wrong on this occasion is in not notifying her prospective employer of her past events.
    Yet again, the Israel Lobby in the US has ruined the lifetime prospects of a young (Jewish?) person for a rash and hasty act.
    Dr Kollab may now have to seek employment opportunities outside the US if she is to experience worthwhile career development.
    The zionists truly are the enemies of all decent Jewish people, not just of the Palestinians and all decent non-Jewish people too.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    Indeed. Imagine the problems if a Jewish person should die while under (or near) her care.
    Insurance wouldn’t touch her with this history, I bet.

  • kaydenpat

    Good point.

  • Ann Kah

    Let’s rephrase that: radicals of all persuasion are the enemy of moderate and sensible people everywhere. Unfortunately, her “young immature” comments put her on the side of the radicals. Perhaps most people mature out of their radical phases, but how does one devise a trustworthy test for maturity?

  • Cynthia Brown Christ

    The canary mission page on FB posts contraversial articles to draw pro-Palestinians in and then reports on what people says.||
    This isn’t the first time they have ruined somebody’s lives.

    They do it all the time to people. I watched a youtube video on it.

  • Fraser

    THIS. However, let’s stop the BS of blaming this on a ‘zionist lobby’.

  • BitinDawg

    Far more serious than the righteous animus exhibited by Dr Lara Kollab is the criminal fascism evidenced by this institutionalized personal attack on Dr Lara Kollab. Worse; I am personally aware of more than one actual criminal medical malpractice by more than one Jew Doctor against a patient who had exhibited sympathy and support for the Palestinian cause. Not to mention that Jews regularly use their wealth power and influence to get anti-Zionists banned from the social networks.

  • BitinDawg

    U say, I am an antisemite! Okay, maybe so. But my antisemitism is a moral stance that I take against the outrages of Zionism. Point of fact, actually, I have more Jewish heroes than I do Gentile heroes. Men like Gideon Levy, Shlomo Sand, the late Israel Shahak and Gilad Atzmon. Google the name Ahed Tamimi, learn her life story, you will then be well on your way to understanding the horrors of Zionism as it impacts against non Jews.

  • John Thunderer

    Absolutely right. The plain fact is that the majority of Jews in the world prefer NOT to live in Israel.
    Many more young Israeli Jews are now leaving Israel and setting up in places like Berlin.
    Israel – with the election of fascist politicians – is turning into a total basket case of a regime.
    You have to know though that there are US organisations whose raison d’être is to besmirch people.
    They are part and parcel of the US-Israel Lobby – arguably more powerful than the NRA or others.

  • doomtung

    Okay, I get it. She was young and naive and said stuff that she now regrets. All well and good. Everyone deserves a second chance. I do truly believe that.

    I think the issue is that she purposely neglected to tell her prospective employer about the incident and how it lead to her dismissal from the other job.

    They are well within their rights to take the action that they took.

    If she takes responsibility for her past mistakes, why didn’t she own up to it/ inform them about it?

    This is the internet age, however. You’d think someone smart enough to be a doctor would know that once something hits the internet it is there forever.

  • Josh Renfrey

    Fck you, you ugly brainless cυnt.

  • (((-MARK-)))

    Sure

    And if some doctor said she would give the wrong medicine to atheist

    You would be upset at outing that person