The exposure of Dr. Lara Kollab was due to the work of Canary Mission. And that’s important to remember as groups ranging from the ADL to the media to college administrators attack the Jewish civil rights group which continues to perform important work in exposing dangerous bigots.
On January 2, 2012, Kollab tweeted: “hahha ewww.. ill purposely give all the yahood [Jews] the wrong meds…”
On May 4, 2013, Kollab tweeted: “Studying for my med micro final, came across this. Clearly, I pay attention in class and write very useful notes.”
Kollab’s tweet featured a handwritten note 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.”
On November 24, 2012, Kollab tweeted: “Israel, I’m making it my goal in life to expose you to everyone I meet. If I can twist a biology paper to include your crimes, I will do it.”
On July 22, 2011, Kollab tweeted: “@SalyaFalastenia I blame israel for everything. everything that goes wrong, i say ‘allah yo5od el yahood’ [Allah will kill the Jews] :P.”
This introduced some challenges into Kollab’s medical career path. Especially the “wrong meds” part.
Cleveland does have a sizable Jewish community. Kollab wasn’t just spewing hate or calling for violence against Jews, but suggesting that she would use her medical role to cause harm to Jews.
And now she’s demanding a hearing.
Cleveland Jewish News’ Jane Kaufman reports on it, but fails to actually describe Kollab’s tweets, which wrongly leaves readers with the impression that her career path was only blocked because of “anti-semitism”, rather than suggestions of medical malpractice.
This is a significant omission that CJN needs to fix.
Dr. Lara Kollab, whose anti-Semitic tweets cost her a residency at Cleveland Clinic in 2018, has requested a hearing before the State Medical Board of Ohio through a Columbus lawyer.
Kollab is facing potential discipline before the State Medical Board of Ohio following a June 19 investigatory deposition in which she admitted to having authored a series of anti-Semitic tweets beginning in 2011 and ending in 2013.
And, apparently, lying about them.
“On or about October 7, 2013, your initial application fee was submitted to Touro Osteopathic Medical School (Touro), which you described in your February 2019 sworn statement as ‘a school deeply rooted in Jewish tradition.’” Rothermel’s letter stated. “At your June 2019 deposition, you admitted that after being accepted Touro, you deleted the anti-Semitic tweets from your Twitter feed. You also acknowledged that if Touro had known of your anti-Semitic tweets they probably would not have admitted you as an osteopathic medical student.”
The letter states that Kollab told Kerns Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., she left her Cleveland Clinic residency because of a death in the family.
“You did not disclose that, in fact, you had resigned in lieu of termination due to your discriminatory social media posting,” Rothermel wrote. “On or about December 27, 2018, you sent the following reply message to @canarymission and @WeAreTouro in which you falsely claimed that Canary Mission used a fake account in an effort to frame you. When questioned about this message at our June 2019 deposition, you admitted that the content of your December 27, 2018 message was false and that you knew it was false at the time you authored and posted/tweeted the message. …”
“Although you asserted at your June 2019 deposition that you now feel ashamed of your discriminatory comments, when asked if your tweets reflect good moral character, you admitted they do not.”
Rothermel’s letter outlined possible disciplinary action the medical board might take, which could take the form of limiting, revoking, permanently revoking, suspending, refusing to grant or register or renew or reinstate her “training license/certificate to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery, or to reprimand you or place you on probation…”
Again, this is a vital reminder of the importance of Canary Mission’s work.