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  • Updated: February 12, 2024

Dutch court orders halt to fighter jets to Israel over Gaza conflict

Dutch court orders halt to fighter jets to Israel over Gaza

In a recent development, a Dutch court has issued a decisive order, halting the delivery of crucial parts for F-35 fighter jets to Israel.

This decision stems from an appeal lodged by human rights organizations, challenging a prior ruling that dismissed concerns regarding the contribution of these supplies to alleged violations of international law by Israel in its actions against the Gaza Strip.

Last year, human rights advocates in the Netherlands raised serious accusations against the government, citing complicity in alleged war crimes committed by Israel during its conflict in Gaza.

The export of F-35 fighter jet parts was pinpointed as a significant aspect contributing to these accusations.

Organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam emphasized the role of these shipments in enabling what they termed "wide-scale and serious violations of humanitarian law by Israel in Gaza."

The legal battle intensified when a court dismissed the initial case, citing governmental discretion in political and policy decisions regarding arms exports.

Dutch authorities expressed uncertainty over their jurisdiction to intervene in the deliveries, which are part of a broader US-led operation supplying parts to all F-35 partners.

Government lawyers argued that Israel could easily procure these parts from alternative sources if not supplied from the Dutch warehouse.

However, the appeals court on Monday ordered the Dutch government to block all exports of the fighter jet parts to Israel within seven days.

“It is undeniable that there is a clear risk that the exported F-35 parts are used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” Judge Bas Boele said in reading the ruling, eliciting cheers from several people in the courtroom.

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