The Dutch court has ruled to stop all transfers of F-35 aircraft parts from the American army’s warehouses in Israel. This decision came 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 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 court also stated that the government’s decision not to intervene in the parts export agreement signed in 2016 is a violation of its obligations according to international treaties.
The immediate consequences of this court order are not yet clear, as Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of spare parts, may be able to supply them from other bases located in Europe. However, this case has been ongoing for several months, with human rights organizations and local courts arguing against allowing exports to Israel due to concerns about human rights violations and war crimes.
This decision has significant implications for international diplomatic relations and arms sales, as well as raising ethical and legal questions about arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones.