Turkish lawmaker has heart attack after saying Israel won't 'escape the wrath of God'

 December 14, 2023

Fox News reported that a Turkish politician suffered a heart attack this week as he was delivering a televised speech. 

According to the network, Saadet Party Kocaeli Deputy Hasan Bitmez collapsed on Tuesday while speaking in the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Dramatic video shows lawmaker falling to the ground

Bitmez was commenting on the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when he began to lash out at the state of Israel.

"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," Fox News quoted a translation of Bitmez's speech as saying.

"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," he added.

Video footage shows that shortly after speaking those words, Bitmez fell to the ground as other lawmakers quickly rushed over to him.

Bitmez passed away on Thursday

Reuters reported that Bitmez later passed away on Thursday, a fact which was remarked upon by Palestinian academic Sami Al-Arian.

"My friend, MP Hasan Bitmez, passed away today," Al-Arian said in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

"He fainted yesterday while giving a fiery speech in the Turkish Parliament regarding Israel's Genocidal war in Gaza. He was very committed to the cause of Palestine," Al-Arian added.

Lawmaker criticized Turkish government for not ending trade with Israel

Reuters noted that Bitmez graduated from Cairo's Al Azhar University and previously served as chairman of the Centre for Islamic Union Research.

The news service pointed out that Bitmez has been sharply critical of the Turkish government's decision not to suspend trade with Israel.

"You have the blood of Palestinians on your hands, you are collaborators. You contribute to every bomb Israel drops on Gaza," he alleged.

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