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Young Doctor Fired Over Years of Anti-Semitic Tweets

She said she would give Jews the wrong medication
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2019 1:46 AM CST
The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

(Newser) – After years of medical school, 27-year-old Lara Kollab landed a job at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in July last year—but the first-year resident was fired within months after years of anti-Semitic tweets surfaced. The Canary Mission, a group that describes itself as "motivated by a desire to combat the rise in anti-Semitism on college campuses," says it exposed tweets from 2011 to 2017 in which Kollab referred to "Jewish dogs," called for violence against Jews, and said the Holocaust had been "exaggerated," NBC News reports. In a 2012 tweet, she said she would "purposely give all the yahood the wrong meds," using an Arabic term for Jewish people. She has now deleted her social media accounts.

The Cleveland Clinic confirmed this week that it fired Kollab in September when it learned of her remarks, CBS News reports. The hospital says that for a first-year resident, "multiple safeguards and direct supervision are required for patient care and prescribing medicine," meaning she would have been unable to carry out her threat. The hospital stressed that there were no reports of patient harm connected to her work. The State Medical Board of Ohio says it issued Kollab a training certificate in July, but it is only valid if she is part of a training program. Kollab is a graduate of New York's Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, which said Wednesday it was "appalled" by her remarks. (Read more Cleveland Clinic stories.)

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