The Trump era’s examples of bigotry just keep popping up. Ohio doctor Lara Kollab no longer works at the Cleveland Clinic after it emerged that she had been consistently deriding Jews on social media to the point of saying she’d give them the wrong medication if treating them. There’s no immediate word as to whether there’s formal concern over the possibility that she carried out her wishes — media reports note that as of Tuesday, her medical license remains intact and valid until 2021.
Still, for now she’s apparently unemployed. The facility where she previously worked as a supervised resident physician said she left this past September after a relatively brief stint, although they declined to give specifics as to the circumstances surrounding her departure.
‘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.’
All of Kollab’s apparent social media accounts have been recently deleted.
Previously, besides her insistence that she’d mismanage Jewish patients’ medication — which just to be explicit and clear, could kill them — Kollab also derided the Holocaust, Israel, and Jews anywhere and everywhere, in a hospital or otherwise.
She insisted, among other points:
‘After repeated failed diplomacy, our aim is to defeat the Zionist state through force.’
She claimed just prior to that statement back in 2012 that the Holocaust is “exaggerated and the victimization of the jews (ignoring the others killed) is overdone.”
Down the line in 2017, she claimed:
‘Israel is more about hatred and white supremacy than it is about world Jewry, in case you didn’t know.’
The statements first came to light thanks to the Canary Mission, which explains it “documents individuals and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel, and Jews on North American college campuses.” They noted in their profile that she graduated from the Touro College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018, and was still listed as a supervised resident physician at the Cleveland Clinic in December, although they said she’d already left.
This entire issue unfolded in the context of the ongoing national American reckoning with bigotry sparked in no small part by President Donald Trump’s incessant commitment to hatred.
Although he’s often made a show of being warm towards Israel and Jews, anti-Semitism has popped up in his remarks and his administration all the same. For instance, he found it nothing to resuscitate a Nazi jab and deride a Jewish cable news host as “Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd.”
On another occasion, an adherent of Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric turned it on the Jews and murdered 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Most often, other minorities have proven the target of the Trump administration, with the president wrongly claiming, for instance, that immigrant populations from beyond the southern border harbor an inordinate threat of crime, disease, and various other maladies.
To that end, the federal government remains partially shut down at present as Trump continues to refuse to approve any funding if he doesn’t get what he wants for a border wall.
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