The Netherlands Ordered To Halt All Deliveries Of Parts Of F-35 Fighter Jets To Israel
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Amsterdam: The Netherlands has been ordered to halt all delivery of parts of F-35 fighter jets to Israel. The verdict was delivered by the Dutch appeal court which stated that there is a “clear risk” that the parts are being used in the bombardment of the Gaza Strip.
The verdict, delivered on Monday, stated that there is a “clear risk” that the parts the Netherlands is exporting to Israel are being used in “serious violations of international humanitarian law”.
Since October 7, 2023, the death toll in Gaza has crossed 28,000. The appeals have stated that it is likely that Israel has been using the F-35 fighter jets in its attacks on Gaza.
In response to this ruling, the Dutch government has stated that it would now appeal to the Supreme Court. The government has put forth the argument that the export of weapon parts is crucial to Israel and its “ability to protect itself from threats in the region such as Iran, Yemen, Syria and Lebanon”.
The verdict filed by the appeals court was done after an appeal filed by Amnesty International and Oxfam. The human rights organisations raised an appeal to the higher court after a lower district court rejected their argument that Dutch weapons are contributing to “wide-scale and serious violations of humanitarian law by Israel in Gaza”.
These organisations have further accused the government of being complicit in the Israel-Hamas war and the war crimes in Gaza since October 7 by ensuring timely delivery to Israel.
“It is undeniable that there is a clear risk that the exported F-35 parts are used in serious violations of international humanitarian law,” stated Judge Bas Boele in the ruling.
Israel has denied allegations of war crimes during its Gaza offensive. However, the International Court of Justice also urged Israel to scale back its offensive in Gaza and ensure that it is doing “all in its power” to prevent genocidal acts.