The Dutch Court of Appeal issued an order to the Dutch government to block exports of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel within seven days, citing a clear risk that the parts could be used in violations of international humanitarian law. This decision comes as a result of a lawsuit filed by human rights organizations, alleging that the Netherlands is facilitating war crimes by supplying the United States with components for the F-35 combat aircraft.
The lawsuit claims that the components supplied to Israel allow for bombing in the Gaza Strip without regard for the basic principles of war, such as distinction between civilian and military targets, and proportionality. US-owned component warehouses are located in the Netherlands, which adds a further layer of complexity to the situation.
In response to the verdict, the Dutch government will need to comply with the order to block exports of spare parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel within seven days. This decision has implications for international arms exports and raises questions about the role of the Netherlands in facilitating potential war crimes.