Dutch Court Orders Government to Halt Delivery of F-35 Parts to Israel

The court found there's a risk the parts are being used in 'serious violations of international humanitarian law'

A Dutch court ruled on Monday that the Netherlands must halt the export of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel since they’re likely to be used to kill civilians in Gaza.

The Netherlands hosts a warehouse of US-owned F-35 parts and exports them to countries that operate the fighter jets. “The court finds that there is a clear risk that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets might be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law,” the court said in its ruling.

The Dutch government said it would appeal the ruling, which ordered a halt to the exports within seven days. The ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed against the Netherlands by Oxfam and other human rights organizations.

Losing spare parts from the Netherlands is not expected to have an impact on Israel’s military operations since there are other places to source the equipment. But the ruling piles on the growing international pressure against Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians and could lead to similar lawsuits in other countries.

Israel’s biggest backer, the United States, has shown no sign that it’s considering limiting military aid despite the international outrage over the slaughter.

The White House reaffirmed on Monday that it would continue supporting Israel even if it went ahead with its plans to launch a full-scale attack on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, which is packed with an estimated 1.5 million Palestinians.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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