A dutch court of appeal ordered on Monday State that block all exports of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel for fear that they would be used in violations of international law during the Israeli offensive against Gaza.
“It is undeniable that there is a clear risk that the parts exported from the F-35 used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” the court declared.
He said that he State had to comply with the order within seven days and dismissed a request by the state’s lawyers to suspend the order during an appeal before the Supreme Court.
The lawsuit against Dutch state was presented by several human rights groups, including the Dutch affiliate of Oxfamlast December.
The massive air and ground offensive of Israel in the densely populated Gaza Strip It has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians, according to the enclave’s health authorities, and has displaced most of its 2.3 million inhabitants from their homes.
1,200 Israelis died and some 240 were taken hostage
Israel denies having committed war crimes in his attacks against Loop, that followed the cross-border attack of Hamas against the south of Israel on October 7, in which 1,200 Israelis were killed and some 240 were taken hostage, according to the Israeli count.
In a first ruling, a lower court stopped short of ordering the Dutch state to stop exports, although he stated that it was likely that the F-35 contributed to violations of the laws of war.
This lower court affirmed that the State enjoyed a wide degree of freedom in weighing political and regulatory issues when deciding on arms exports.
The appeals court rejected this claim, stating that political and economic concerns could not prevail over the obvious risk of violation of the laws.eyes of war
F-35s could have been used in attacks on Gaza
Likewise, the appeals court ruled that it was probable that the F-35 were being used in attacks against Loop, which would cause unacceptable civilian casualties. He dismissed the argument of Dutch state that he did not have to do a new export permit check.
Netherlands houses one of several regional parts warehouses F-35 property of USA, from where the parts are distributed to countries that request them, including Israel in at least one shipment since the October 7 attacks.