"According to Middle East Eye, the Hathaleen family — whose homes were destroyed — owns a deed to the land on which the village sits. The neighboring Israeli settlement of Carmel was built in the 1980s on land belonging to the Hathaleens.
"The EU has been providing funds for people in those areas who need Israeli permission to build homes. The EU provides funds for temporary homes until Israel issues them permits.
"However, Israel — which has one of the most right-wing governments in its history — has been cracking down on EU humanitarian missions and activities in Palestine as tensions rise over the latest comments by EU officials criticizing Israel. An EU law that calls for labeling Israeli goods produced in settlements has also angered the Israeli government."