Turkish lawmaker dies 2 days after threatening Israel with 'wrath of Allah'

 December 15, 2023

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A Turkish legislator who threatened Israel with the "wrath of Allah" and then, seconds later, suffered a heart attack and collapsed, has died.

The U.K. Daily Mail reports Hasan Bitmez, 54, died two days after collapsing to the floor of Turkey's parliament building after saying Israel would "suffer" for invading Gaza.

Israel's defensive military actions in Gaza in recent weeks were prompted by the decision by Hamas terrorists to invade Israel from Gaza and butcher some 1,400 civilians on October 7.

Bitmez, of the Saadet Party, died in Ankara City Hospital, according to remarks from Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

WND reported that Bitmez was threatening Israel, and ended his remarks, then stood at the parliamentary podium for a few seconds before falling to the floor.

He had said, "We can perhaps hide from our conscience but not from history." Then he warned, "Israel will suffer the wrath of Allah," and within a few seconds, collapsed to the floor.

Reports from Turkey explained he underwent CPR and was rushed to a hospital, where he was reported to be in critical condition initially.

Reports revealed, "At that moment, he stumbled and dropped to his knees before lying flat on his back. The Saadet Party Kocaeli deputy had to be stretchered out of the hall after receiving chest compressions 'for a long time.'"

The incident happened in the nation's General Assembly Hall in Ankara.

Bitmez was a graduate of Cairo's Al Azhar University and chairman of the Centre for Islamic Union Research.

Shortly before the collapse, Bitmez had criticized Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan for engaging in trade with Israel.

"You allow ships to go to Israel and you shamelessly call it trade... You are Israel's accomplice," he charged. "You have the blood of Palestinians on your hands, you are collaborators. You contribute to every bomb Israel drops on Gaza."

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