Footage circulating online shows a Turkish lawmaker collapsing onto the floor of Parliament and going into cardiac arrest moments after saying Israel would “suffer the wrath of Allah.”

Hasan Bitmez, 53, fell to the ground behind the podium while addressing the Grand Assembly of the Turkish National Assembly.

Collin Rugg writes:

Turkish lawmaker Hasan Bitmez collapses from a heart attack just seconds after saying Israel would “suffer the wrath of Allah.”

The 53-year old lawmaker collapsed after giving his speech in the General Assembly Hall in Ankara, the Capital of Turkey.

“We can perhaps hide from our conscience but not from history… Israel will suffer the wrath of Allah,” he said seconds before collapsing.


Bitmez is reportedly in “critical condition” after he became “disturbed” during his speech.


YNet News reports:

The deputy head of Turkey’s Islamist Saadet (Felicity) Party collapsed at the podium of the Turkish Parliament on Tuesday while he was criticizing the government’s policy on Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

Hasan Bitmez accused the government of having “endless love for Israel, and said that “the government has contributed to every bomb dropped by Israel.”

He also accused Israel of “crimes against humanity” and “ethnic cleansing” of Palestinians.

“Even if history remains silent, the truth will not remain silent. They think that if they get rid of us, there will be no problem. However, if you get rid of us, you will not be able to escape the torment of conscience. Even if you escape the torment of history, you will not be able to escape the wrath of God,” Bitmez said, quoting from a poem by Turkish writer Sezai Karakoç, immediately before collapsing while addressing the Parliament.

Bitmez, 53, hit his head on the marble floor of the General Assembly hall when he passed out.

Bitmez’s heart reportedly stopped in the Parliament, but was restarted with medical intrervention. The Turkish lawmaker, who is diabetic, later received two stents in arteries in his heart after an angiography at a local hospital, the BBC in Turkish reported.

The New York Post added:

Lawmakers from the Justice and Development Party, which is led by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, punched back, blaming Bitmez’s condition on “God’s wrath,” according to minutes from the session.

While Turkey condemned Israeli citizen deaths caused by Hamas’ surprise Oct. 7 incursion, days after the horrifying attack Erdogan referred to Hamas as “freedom fighters.”

Erdogan has also criticized the West for its strong support of Israel and has accused the nation of committing “war crimes” in the Gaza Strip.

“Israel has been openly committing war crimes for 22 days, but the Western leaders cannot even call on Israel for a cease-fire, let alone react to it,” Erdogan said on Oct. 28.

This past weekend, Erdogan denounced the United Nations Security Council, dubbing it the “Israel Protection and Defense Council” after the US vetoed an immediate cease-fire resolution.

The vote on the resolution was 13-1, with the United Kingdom abstaining. The US is one of five permanent members with veto power, and used its ‘no’ vote to slash the measure.

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