In a landmark ruling, a court in The Hague has ordered the immediate halt of all transfers of F-35 aircraft parts from American warehouses in Israel to Israel. The decision was made after human rights organizations in the Netherlands filed an appeal against the Dutch government’s decision to approve the export.
The court found that there is a clear and immediate risk of human rights violations in the Gaza Strip due to the use of F-35 aircraft by the Israeli Air Force. This ruling is based on international treaties that the Netherlands is a signatory to, which require countries to prohibit weapons exports if there is a significant fear of violations of international law.
The Dutch government’s decision not to intervene in the parts export agreement signed in 2016 was also found to be a violation of its obligations according to international treaties. The court ruled that all transfers must be stopped within seven days.
The immediate consequences of this ruling are not yet clear, as Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of spare parts, may be able to supply them from other bases located in Europe. However, this case highlights the ongoing ethical and legal questions surrounding arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones.
Human rights organizations that filed the appeal include Oxfam, PAX organization, and legal organization Rights Forum. This decision will have significant implications for international diplomatic relations and military equipment exports, as well as raising important ethical and legal issues about arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones.
The case has been ongoing for several months with some initial support from government but it was met with criticism from human rights organizations before it was stopped by the court.