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The Netherlands says it will appeal court decision to halt export of F-35 parts to Israel

Illustrative: An F-35 at Hatzerim Air Base in the Negev desert, June 29, 2023 (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)
Illustrative: An F-35 at Hatzerim Air Base in the Negev desert, June 29, 2023 (Ofer Zidon/Flash90)

The Dutch government announces that it will appeal a decision by a local court ordering a halt on the export of F-35 fighter jet parts to Israel over concerns they would be used to violate international law in Gaza, Hebrew media reports.

A trio of human rights organizations brought a civil suit against the Netherlands in December, arguing authorities needed to reevaluate the export license in light of Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip.

Dutch authorities have said in the past it is not clear whether they even have the power to intervene in the deliveries, part of a US-run operation that supplies parts to all F-35 partners.

Government lawyers also argued that if the Dutch did not supply the parts from the warehouse based in the Netherlands, Israel could easily procure them elsewhere.
The exports must cease within seven days.

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