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District Court judgement on export of F-35 components to Israel

Appears in case: Civil suit against the State of the Netherlands for transfer of F-35 parts to Israel


The Netherlands


Armed Conflict in Palestine

Recipient State


Document Type


The District Court rules against the plaintiffs, stating that while there was an obligation to reassess the permit set out in 2016 for the transport of F-35 parts to Israel, a special article in the licence allows the government to consider other factors, such as its relationship with the US and Israel, aside from Israel’s actions in Gaza since 7 October 2023. The judge also rules that a decision to issue an export licence permit is of a political nature and, therefore, the court only has limited purview over the decision.