AMSTERDAM (Dispatches) -- A Dutch court on Monday ordered a ban on sales of F-35 parts to the occupying regime of Israel, citing a “clear risk” that they could be used in violations of humanitarian law.
The Dutch Court of Appeals made its decision following an application from several human rights organizations that are concerned about Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.
The court said that the Zionist regime did “not take sufficient account of the consequences of its attacks for the civilian population” of the enclave.
“The court therefore orders the state to put an end to the further export of F-35 parts to Israel within seven days,” said the ruling.
“There is a clear risk that serious violations of humanitarian law of war are committed in the Gaza Strip with Israel’s F-35 fighter planes.”
The appeals court overturned a ruling by the District Court in December that had said supplying the parts was to a “large extent of a political and policy nature” that judges should not interfere with.
Dutch officials previously suggested that they may not be able to prevent the deliveries of the U.S.-owned F-35 parts, which are stored at a warehouse in the Netherlands and then shipped to several partners - including Israel - via existing export agreements.
The ruling comes as the Zionist regime launched overnight airstrikes on Rafah in southern Gaza, martyring scores of Palestinians and stoking fears of an imminent invasion of the area, which is densely packed with displaced people.