A Dutch court has ordered the government to block all exports of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel within seven days. The ruling came after a lawsuit by human rights organizations alleging that the Netherlands is facilitating war crimes by supplying components for the F-35 combat aircraft to Israel.
The lawsuit claims that the components allow Israel to bomb Gaza in disregard of basic principles of war, with no distinction between civilian and military targets and no proportionality in bombings. This raises serious concerns about the implications of supplying spare parts for the F-35 to Israel.
The Dutch Court of Appeal’s decision reflects the concern over potential war crimes that could result from the use of these components. The court 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.