With compliance ordered within a week, the Dutch government plans to appeal the ruling, which came Monday as the country’s prime minister was visiting Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
With over 28,000 Palestinians killed by Israel so far in the Gaza Strip, a Dutch appeals court ruled Monday that the Netherlands must stop exporting parts for Israeli forces’ aircraft due to the “clear risk that Israel’s F-35 fighter jets might be used in the commission of serious violations of international humanitarian law.”
Oxfam Novib Executive Director Michiel Servaes, whose group filed the lawsuit against the Dutch government in December with PAX and the Rights Forum, declared that “this positive ruling by the judge is very good news, especially for civilians in Gaza.”
“It is an important step to force the Dutch government to adhere to international law, which the Netherlands has strongly advocated for in the past,” he added. “Israel has just launched an attack against the city of Rafah, where more than half of Gaza’s population are sheltering, the Netherlands must take immediate steps.”
Monday’s decision on the U.S.-made jet parts stored in a Dutch warehouse followed a lower court declining to intervene in December.