The Dutch Court of Appeal has ordered the Netherlands to stop exporting parts of F-35 aircraft to Israel, due to the war in Gaza

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An appeals court ordered the Dutch government on Monday to halt exports of F-35 jets Fighter aircraft spare parts for IsraelNoting that there is a clear risk of violations of international law.

Three human rights organizations filed a civil suit against the Netherlands in December, saying the authorities needed to re-evaluate the export license in light of Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip.

“It cannot be denied that there is a clear risk that exported F-35 parts will be used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Judge Bass Boyle said while reading the ruling.

Exports must stop within seven days.

The decision came as the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Ruti He traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the conflict. Rutte is also expected to meet separately with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh.

“We are very grateful that there was justice and that the court was willing to speak out about justice,” lead attorney Lisbeth Ziegfeld told reporters after the hearing.

The case was brought by Oxfam Novib, Pax Nederland and the Rights Forum in December. They said that the continued transfer of aircraft parts makes the Netherlands complicit in possible war crimes committed by Israel in its war War with Hamas.

In January a The lower court sided with the governmentAllowing the Dutch to continue sending US-owned parts stored in a warehouse in the town of Wonsdrecht to Israel. The Netherlands is home to one of three European regional depots for the F-35.

Other countries are also considering restricting arms sales to Israel. Human rights groups in the United Kingdom brought a similar suit Against their government, in an attempt to prevent arms exports to Israel.

In the United States, Democrats in the Senate Pay bill This requires President Joe Biden to obtain congressional approval before giving the green light for arms sales to Israel.

Late last month, the United Nations Supreme Court Israel ordered To do everything in her power to prevent death, destruction and anything Acts of genocide in Gaza. Although this decision was made after hearing the appeal in the Dutch case, the organizations’ lawyers say that the judges likely considered the legally binding order issued by the International Court of Justice.

The decision left room for the Dutch authorities to export parts of the plane used in operations other than Gaza.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was studying the decision. The government has eight weeks to appeal, although the ban on exports will remain in place.


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