Human rights lawyers seek halt to fighter jet parts export to Israel
On Monday, human rights lawyers appeared before a Dutch court seeking an injunction against the export of fighter jet parts to Israel. The parts in question are for F-35 jets and can potentially be used in attacks on Gaza. According to the lawyers, the export of these parts makes the Netherlands complicit in possible war crimes being committed by Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.
The organizations involved in the case have alleged that Dutch authorities were warned that the F-35 parts could contribute to the breach of international laws and that export would make the country complicit in war crimes. Despite the warning, the Dutch government continued with the export in order to maintain economic interests and diplomatic relations.
The government lawyer urged the single judge of the Hague District Court to reject the injunction, stating that Israel has the right to self-defence and that the country must be able to respond to threats in the region. The lawyer also argued that even if the injunction was granted, the United States would continue to deliver the parts to Israel from another location.
A ruling is expected within two weeks, which can be appealed. Human rights lawyers want a ban on the exports of F-35 parts that are stored in a warehouse in the town of Woensdrecht. The case comes as the Israeli military has renewed calls for mass evacuations from the southern town of Khan Younis as it widens its ground offensive and bombards targets across the Gaza Strip.
The case raises questions on the accountability of countries involved in supplying arms to others, particularly when the recipients are accused of committing war crimes. It also highlights the potential role of courts in such matters and their ability to intervene when necessary.
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