In a landmark ruling, a court in The Hague has ordered the immediate halt of all transfers of parts for the F-35 aircraft used by Israel from warehouses of the American army in the country. This comes after human rights organizations in the Netherlands filed an appeal against the Dutch government’s decision to approve the export, citing concerns about human rights violations and war crimes.
The court ruled that the exports must be stopped within seven days, stating that there is a “clear and immediate risk” of human rights violations in the Gaza Strip caused by the F-35 aircraft used by the Israeli Air Force. The ruling is based on international treaties that the Netherlands is a signatory to, which require the country to prohibit the export of weapons if there is a significant fear of violations of international law.
The case has been ongoing for several months, with Lockheed Martin supplying spare parts from other bases located in Europe. The immediate consequences of this court order are not yet clear, but it marks a major victory for human rights organizations and their efforts to prevent arms sales from contributing to violence and human rights abuses in conflict zones.