Attorney Jay Sekulow described Kollab as “unfit to practice medicine” because of her words, which included saying that she would “purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds.”
By David Jablinowitz, World Israel News
A prominent lawyer who serves as an attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Ohio state officials to revoke permanently the medical license of a physician who was fired recently after it was revealed that she had made a number of anti-Semitic social media posts.
On December 31, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it had severed ties with 27-year-old Lara Kollab, a resident physician, after the anti-Jewish comments came to light.
Trump‘s attorney, Jay Sekulow, head of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), wants Kollab to lose her medical license altogether. In a formal complaint filed with the Ohio State Board of Medical Examiners, Sekulow wrote on behalf of the ACLJ and the Zionist Organization of America that Kollab should be stripped of the license.
“Dr. Kollab’s statements and intentions go far beyond the realms of free speech,” the complaint says. “Allowing her near any patients could literally jeopardize lives.”
Sekulow described Kollab as “unfit to practice medicine” because of her words, which included saying that she would “purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds.”
In a tweet posted in 2013, she wrote: “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.”
That tweet and several others were publicized by Canary Mission, a website dedicated to monitoring anti-Semitism among anti-Israel activists in North America. It prompted the Cleveland Clinic to issue a statement confirming that Kollab was employed by them from July to September 2018 but no longer works there.
The hospital said, “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.”
Kollab, who was issued a temporary medical license by the State of Ohio to work at the Cleveland Clinic under supervision, retains her license, though she is unable to practice medicine unless hired by another clinic or hospital.
Sekulow noted in his complaint that while Kollab’s license is a temporary training certificate relevant only at the Cleveland Clinic, he still believes that the medical board should revoke it permanently so that “no other patients will be put at risk.
“Anti-Semitic threats can quickly turn into violent acts that jeopardize the safety of innocent people,” he wrote.
“Lara Kollab has called for violence against Jews, spread anti-Semitism, trivialized the Holocaust, defended the terror organization Hamas, and supported terrorists on Twitter,” the Canary Mission wrote.
Her comments, posted between 2011 and 2017, included, “Hahha ewww… ill purposely give all the yahood [Jews] the wrong meds,” which she wrote in 2012.
Also that year, Kollab called for the “defeat” of “the Zionist state through force.”
Kollab said she was “sorry not sorry” that she was going to be “brutally unsympathetic” to the plight of Jews in the Holocaust. “If I have to write a paper about the Holocaust, I’m going to bring Palestine into it and my professor better like it.”
Sekulow’s letter of complaint was dated January 4, 2019, the same day that Kollab released a statement through her attorney apologizing for the words she had posted years ago.
“I wish sincerely and unequivocally to apologize for the offensive and hurtful language contained in those posts,” she said. “This statement is not intended to excuse the content of the posts, but rather to demonstrate that those words do not represent who I am and the principles I stand for today.”