The Dutch Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of human rights organizations that filed a lawsuit against the Dutch government, ordering them to block all exports of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel within seven days. The court’s decision comes after a number of human rights groups claimed that by supplying the United States with components for the F-35 combat aircraft, the Netherlands is facilitating the commission of war crimes.
The lawsuit alleged that the components allow Israel to bomb the Gaza Strip in disregard of the basic principles of war. It claimed that there was no distinction between civilian and military targets and no proportionality in the bombings, raising serious concerns about the implications of supplying spare parts for the F-35 to Israel.
The court has made it clear that the risk of serious violations of international humanitarian law is too great to allow the export of these parts to continue. This decision reflects growing concern over potential war crimes that could result from the use of these components by Israel in its operations against Palestinians in Gaza.