The Hague court ordered the Dutch government to suspend the supply of spare parts for the F-35 to Israel


The Hague Court of Appeal has demanded that the supply of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel be suspended for seven days. The document noted that “there is a clear risk that F-35s will commit serious violations of humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip.”


In particular, the document states, Israeli attacks have already led to a disproportionate number of civilian casualties, including thousands of children. The Kingdom in this situation, in accordance with various international rules, must ban the export of military goods.

This means that no export of F-35 parts to Israel from the Netherlands is possible. In his decision not to apply this rule to an export license, the Secretary erroneously failed to comply with these international obligations. Therefore, the court orders the state to stop further exports of spare parts for the F-35 to Israel within seven days, the court resolution said.

The lawsuit itself was initiated in early December last year by humanitarian organizations Oxfam Novib, PAX Nederland and The Rights Forum. They considered that sending spare parts to Israel was a violation of the laws and customs of war, since the Netherlands knew that these fighters were also used to bomb the Gaza Strip.
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