Dr. Lara Kollab, a former medical resident who was dismissed after her anti-Semitic tweets made several years ago were uncovered, including one where she claimed she would “purposely give all the yahood [Jews] the wrong meds,” released a statement apologizing for her remarks.
Kollab said she made the statements between 2011 to 2017, when she was in her teens and twenties. She now says she wants to “sincerely and unequivocally” apologize for what she called “offensive and hurtful language.”
She stressed that she understood the timeline of her posts did not excuse her from “causing pain, anguish, and a public outcry,” and said her past remarks are not reflective of her character today.
“These posts were made years before I was accepted into medical school, when I was a naïve, and impressionable girl barely out of high school,” Kollab said. “I matured into a young adult during the years I attended college and medical school, and adopted strong values of inclusion, tolerance, and humanity.”
“Like many young people lacking life experience, I expressed myself by making insensitive remarks and statements of passion devoid of thought, not realizing the harm and offense these words would cause.”
“I have learned from this experience and am sorry for the pain I have caused,” Kollab added. “I pray that the Jewish community will understand and forgive me.”