The Dutch court has ordered a halt to all transfers of spare parts for the F-35 aircraft used by the Israeli Air Force. This decision comes after an appeal from human rights organizations in the Netherlands, which cited concerns about human rights violations and war crimes.
The ruling is based on international treaties that require the Netherlands to prohibit weapons exports if there is a significant fear of violations of international law. The court also ruled that the government’s decision not to intervene in the parts export agreement signed in 2016 was a violation of its obligations under these treaties.
The immediate consequences of this order are unclear, as Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the spare parts, may be able to supply them from other bases located in Europe. However, this case has been ongoing for several months, with opposition from human rights organizations and now being stopped by the court.
The Dutch branches of Oxfam, PAX organization, and Rights Forum filed this appeal. The ruling raises important ethical and legal questions about arms sales and human rights violations in conflict zones. It has also had a significant impact on international diplomatic relations and military equipment exports.