Middle East

Israel-EU tension up over rise in West Bank home demolitions

  • In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, Palestinians pack their belongings after their family house was demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, Palestinians pack their belongings after their family house was demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, a Palestinian inspects the rubble of a family house demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, a Palestinian inspects the rubble of a family house demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, Palestinian woman goes through her belongings after her family house was demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    In this Tuesday, August 16, 2016 photo, Palestinian woman goes through her belongings after her family house was demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank village of Sair, near the town of Hebron. Israel said houses were destroyed because lack of building permit, while Palestinians say permits are virtually impossible to obtain and that Israel is evicting them from their land. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)  (The Associated Press)

The Palestinian government has brought foreign diplomats to a school in the West Bank to highlight what it says is a renewed threat of demolition by Israel.

The school for Bedouin children has been slated for demolition and highlights the battle over 60 percent of the West Bank that remains under exclusive Israeli control, known as Area C.

Severe Israeli restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, including a rise in demolitions of homes — some of them EU-funded buildings — have created diplomatic tensions.

The EU said last week that Israeli policies erode chances of establishing a Palestinian state in a peace deal. Israel says the EU needs to coordinate its aid projects.

Palestinian Education Minister Sabri Seidam urged diplomats Wednesday to "help in protecting the school."