Export of F35 parts to Israel. (symbolic)
An appeals court on Monday ordered the Netherlands government to stop exporting parts of the F-35 fighter plane to Israel. The court gave this order citing the clear risk of violation of international law. A trio of human rights organizations filed a civil lawsuit against the Netherlands in December.
It argued that authorities needed to reevaluate export licenses in light of Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip. This case was filed in December by Oxfam Novib, Pax Netherlands and The Rights Forum.
serious violations of international humanitarian law
In delivering the verdict, Judge Bas Boele said the clear risk that the exported F-35 parts could be used in serious violation of international humanitarian law could not be ruled out. The court said that the export should stop within seven days.
Netherlands PM Mark Rutte’s visit to Israel
The decision came as Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the conflict. Rutt is also likely to meet Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh separately.