Sick Kids Doctor On Leave After HRC Exposes Anti-Israel Social Media Post Which Called Israel “Absolute Evil”

On November 17, HonestReporting Canada posted to X (Twitter) about how Dr. Christian Zaarour, an Anesthesiologist from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine, allegedly shared a post to Instagram of a picture and quote that said “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.”

One of the most important and venerated documents in the medical profession is the Hippocratic Oath, which states the obligations and professional conduct of doctors. Within this oath is the pledge to “first, do no harm”, treating everyone equally, regardless of race, sex, or religion.

By allegedly posting this message on Instagram, commentators on social media questioned Dr. Christian Zaarour’s credibility & commitment to providing equal care for all.

Responding to the exposure of Dr. Zaarour’s social media post, on November 16, Sick Kids released a statement that read:

“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.”

On November 17, this story was covered prominently in the National Post and the Toronto Sun which cited HRC’s exposure and which led to statements from both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the University of Toronto.

Then on November 19, Sick Kids released an updated statement which read:

“SickKids acknowledges that recent social media activity related to the war in Israel and Gaza is causing immense grief and concern in the community.

We strongly believe that any forms of racism are completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated and will be investigated as per SickKids’ Code of Conduct.

As such, we continue to investigate the complaints about a social media post involving one of our physicians. He is currently on a voluntary paid administrative leave while the investigation is being completed.

All who come to SickKids are entitled to be treated with respect, professionalism and feel safe.”

This was subsequently covered in the Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star on November 19. CTV National News also covered the story which can be seen below.

While Sick Kids Hospital has put Dr. Zaarour on voluntary paid administrative leave, we appreciate that an investigation has been launched into this important matter.

Stay tuned to this page for the most up-to-date information.

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