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PLO official: E1 plan is a vindictive, punitive measure

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Friday wrote a letter to European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton requesting the EU reconsider their association agreement with Israel.
Reacting to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's announcement of new settlement blocs in the E1 corridor, Ashrawi stated: "E1 bisects the West Bank and destroys the territorial contiguity of Palestine."
Responding to the idea the move came to play as a result of the UN statehood bid on November 29, Ashrawi labeled the policy "vindictive collective punitive measures, which are a continuation of a preexisting Israeli policy to intensify and escalate settlement activity."
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