Doctor Fired for Anti-Semitic Tweets Found a New Job. That's Now Gone

California's Kern Medical has withdrawn employment offer to Lara Kollab
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2019 8:30 AM CDT
Strike 2 for Doctor Fired for Anti-Semitic Tweets
Lara Kollab won't be treating patients at Kern Medical.   (Getty Images/daizuoxin)

It may be hard for Lara Kollab to find a job anytime soon. The 20-something doctor was fired in September by the Cleveland Clinic after the Canary Mission unearthed six years' worth of anti-Semitic tweets—including ones that called for violence against Jews, as well as one in which she said she'd give the wrong medicine to Jews—and now it seems a follow-up attempt at employment has gone south. Forward reports that in mid-March, Kern Medical in Bakersfield, Calif., yanked back a job offer it had extended to Kollab to work in its internal medical residency program. "Kern Medical notified Dr. Lara Kollab on March 15 ... that her position ... has been withdrawn effective immediately," the hospital said in a statement. The medical center didn't go into detail but noted that Kollab had "submitted information that was false, misleading, and incomplete to Kern Medical during the interview and match process."

The Jewish Journal notes that Kern issued its statement the same day that the Lakewood Scoop posted a story about Kollab's hiring and asked, "What is Kern Medical thinking?" Kollab put out an apology in January, claiming that past visits to Israel and Palestinian territories had soured her on Israeli occupation, per the Times of Israel. "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," she noted in her statement. "Like many young people lacking life experience, I expressed myself by making insensitive remarks and statements of passion devoid of thought." She added she's a different person today and that "I take my profession and the Hippocratic Oath seriously and would never intentionally cause harm to any patient seeking medical care." (More antisemitism stories.)

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