A Dutch court has ruled that Israel must stop all transfers of parts for the F-35 aircraft from American army warehouses in the country, citing concerns about human rights violations and war crimes. The court based its decision on international treaties that the Netherlands is a signatory to, which require the country to prohibit the export of weapons if there is a significant fear of violations of international law.
The immediate consequences of the court order are not yet clear, as Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of spare parts for the F-35 jet, may be able to supply them from other bases located in Europe. This case marks an ongoing controversy over the export of military equipment from Western countries to conflict zones.
Human rights organizations including Oxfam, PAX organization, and Rights Forum filed an appeal against the Dutch government’s decision to approve the export. The court ruled that there is a “clear and immediate risk” of human rights violations in Gaza Strip caused by Israeli Air Force’s use of F-35 jet. The ruling also stated that the government’s decision not to intervene in parts export agreement signed in 2016 is a violation of international treaties obligations.
This decision raises important ethical and legal questions about arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones. It also has significant implications for international diplomatic relations and military exports.