Turkish MP Collapses From Heart Attack While Rebuking Israel

Turkish member of parliament Hasan Bitmez collapsed from a heart attack Tuesday while delivering a fiery speech against Israel at the Turkish national assembly.

The 54-year-old parliamentarian and hardline Islamist Saadet Party leader concluded his speech against Israel by saying, “Israel will not escape the wrath of Allah!” The hardline MP then suddenly fell to the ground next to the podium, apparently suffering from an oddly timed attack of cardiac arrest. He reportedly has diabetes and has had two heart stents.

Startling footage of the incident made the rounds on social media Tuesday and Wednesday. The video of the shocking incident drew commentary from conservatives and pro-Israel advocates that God had struck the speaker instead of Israel as he had threatened.

The incident started with a routine budget meeting at the grand assembly of the Turkish parliament. But Bitmez randomly launched into a tirade condemning Israel for its war against the Hamas terrorists in Gaza. He accused Israel of committing “crimes against humanity” and the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim Palestinians in Gaza.

“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,” Bitmez said moments before collapsing.

Fortunately for Bitmez, one of his colleagues in the Turkish assembly is a trained physician. Turhan Comez of the IYI Party rushed to deliver first aid to Bitmez. He left the national assembly chamber on a stretcher, and responders transferred him to intensive care at Bilkent City Hospital in Ankara. He was reportedly in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pro-Hamas and has condemned Israel’s response to the Hamas terrorist attack in October. But Bitmez belongs to a more hardline Islamist party, Saadet, which means “Felicity” in Turkish. The parliamentarian had taken a more conservative stance than Erdogan’s in his ill-fated Tuesday speech to the national assembly.