The Dutch Court of Appeal has ruled that the Netherlands must block all exports of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel within seven days. The court’s decision was made in response to a lawsuit filed by human rights organizations, alleging that the Netherlands is facilitating war crimes by supplying the United States with components for the F-35 combat aircraft.
The lawsuit claims that Israeli forces use these components to bomb Gaza in violation of basic principles of war. It asserts that there is no distinction between civilian and military targets and no proportionality in the bombings. This raises serious concerns about the implications of supplying spare parts for the F-35 to Israel.
The court’s decision reflects its concern over potential war crimes that could result from the use of these components. It 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.
It should be noted that US-owned component warehouses are located in the Netherlands, making this issue even more complicated. The government must act quickly to comply with this order and prevent any further exports from happening.
This case highlights the importance of considering the ethical implications of military exports and ensuring that they do not contribute to human rights abuses or violations.