Oxfam: Dutch court's decision to ban sale of F-35 parts to Israel binds Europe

Dirk Jan Galving, political advisor at international humanitarian aid organization Oxfam, said European countries should implement the Dutch Court of Appeal's decision to stop the sale of parts of American F-35 fighter jets to Israel.

Oxfam is one of the parties to the case in which the Dutch Court of Appeal issued a decision yesterday, Monday, suspending the sale of parts for F-35 fighter planes to Israel due to “violations of international humanitarian law” .

The Dutch court held that Israel did not adequately take into account the harm caused to civilians in its war on the Gaza Strip, and said it ordered Israel to stop exporting F-35 fighter parts within 7 days.

Anadolu Agency quoted Galving as saying that the purpose of the lawsuit against the Dutch government is to “ensure compliance with their obligations under international law”, and stressed that “the parts submitted by the Dutch government contribute to serious violations of international humanitarian law.” Are.”

He recognized that all countries “are obliged to fulfill their legal obligations and comply with the Geneva Conventions and the Arms Trade Agreement in relation to the effect of the decisions of the Court of Appeal in The Hague on the sale of war parts.”

He added, “The whole of Europe should take a common stance in line with the decision. The conclusions reached by the Dutch court should also have an impact on other countries. Other European countries should, in principle, suspend the court's decision in the Netherlands. Should be adopted.” The sale may be in violation of international humanitarian law, and technically, all European countries must follow the same legal rules.

Regarding the consequences of the decision, Galving said, “I believe that this decision will put pressure on Israel and stop its violations of international humanitarian law.”

Oxfam Director Michel Servais expressed hope that “this decision will strengthen international law in other countries so that Gaza's residents can enjoy the protection of international law.”

holland makes excuses

In a statement following the decision of the Court of Appeal in The Hague, Dutch government officials said they would appeal the decision to the Dutch Supreme Court, in line with instructions from Geoffrey van Leeuwen, Deputy Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

The statement said the government believes “the delivery of spare parts for US F-35 aircraft does not violate the law,” and confirmed it would consult with “international partners.”

The case concerns spare parts owned by the United States and stored in the Netherlands before being shipped to partner countries, including Israel, under export agreements.

Dutch officials confirmed last November that it was unclear whether they had the authority to interfere with the delivery, which is part of a US-run operation to supply parts to all companies in the F-35 programme.

Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35 aircraft, said in a statement that it was working to evaluate the consequences of the Dutch court ruling on its supply chain, but added that it was “looking forward to supporting the U.S. government and its allies.” Ready for.” necessary.”

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