Anti-Israel comments posted online by a SickKids anesthesiologist, who is also a University of Toronto teacher, are under investigation by the hospital.
“We consider Israel to be absolute evil. There is nothing worse than Israel. If Israel and the devil fight each other, we will stand with the devil,” reads Christian Zaarour’s Instagram post.
It was reposted on X by @HonestRepCanada who asked: “Why would any Jewish person feel comfortable getting treatment or being taught by him?”
SickKids responded Friday saying: “Some concerning anti-Semitic social media activity related to the war in Israel and Gaza has been brought to our attention, which is being investigated in relation to SickKids’ Code of Conduct. For confidentiality reasons, we are not able to provide more information.”
“Everyone who works at SickKids is expected to treat each other, and our patients and families, with respect and professionalism at all times,” the hospital’s statement continued. “All who come to an organization of hope and healing must feel safe.”
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Meanwhile, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said: “The College expects all physicians to abide by the expectations outlined in its policies, including Social Media. The College cannot comment on any specific matter due to restrictions contained in the Regulated Health Professions Act.”
And a spokesperson for the University of Toronto said: “Temerty Faculty of Medicine acknowledges the immense grief, anger and distress that many members of the community are experiencing and condemns antisemitism, Islamophobia and all forms of racism. All our community members are expected to adhere to relevant university policies and professional standards of behaviour. We work closely with our affiliated hospital partners to uphold these standards in our learning and clinical environments.”
A request for comment from Zaarour went unanswered.