In a landmark ruling, a court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to halt all transfers of parts for the F-35 aircraft in use in Israel from American army warehouses in the country. This decision follows an appeal by human rights organizations in the Netherlands, which raised concerns about human rights violations and war crimes caused by the Israeli Air Force’s use of the aircraft.
The court ruled that exports of the spare parts must be stopped within seven days, citing a “clear and immediate risk” of human rights violations in Gaza Strip caused by F-35 aircraft used by Israel. The ruling is based on international treaties that require Netherlands to prohibit weapons exports if there is a significant fear of violations of international law.
The immediate consequences of this court order are not yet clear as Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of spare parts, may be able to supply them from other bases located in Europe. The case involving the export of F-35 fighter jet parts has been ongoing for months with Israeli government initially intending to allow it. However, this decision was met with criticism from human rights organizations and now being halted by the court.
The organizations that filed the appeal include Oxfam International, PAX Netherlands and Rights Forum legal organization. This decision raises important ethical and legal questions about arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones and has significant implications for international diplomatic relations and military equipment exports.