A Dutch court has upheld an appeal by human rights organizations, ordering the Netherlands to cease all actual export and transit of F-35 parts with final destination Israel within seven days.
Why it matters
The court's decision to halt the export of F-35 parts to Israel is significant as it reflects concerns about the use of these parts in potential violations of international humanitarian law in the Gaza Strip.
What the papers say
The Times of Israel reports that the Dutch court's decision was met with cheers in the courtroom, highlighting the significance of the ruling. The South China Morning Post emphasizes the concerns about the F-35s being used in attacks on Gaza, leading to unacceptable civilian casualties. The Independent and AP News provide similar coverage, focusing on the court's order to halt the export of F-35 parts to Israel due to the risk of violations of international law.
How we got here
The decision follows an appeal by human rights organizations against a lower court's ruling that rejected their argument that supplying F-35 parts to Israel contributed to alleged violations of international law in the Gaza Strip.
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Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country primarily located in Western Europe and partly in the Caribbean, forming the largest constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions.
The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country mostly located in central North America, between Canada and Mexico.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.