American professor detained by Israel in West Bank scuffle

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A lawyer said Saturday an American university professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to disrupt security forces in the embattled West Bank community of Khan al-Ahmar.

Gaby Lasky said that her client, Frank Romano, is being held in a jail in occupied Jerusalem. Lasky says police told her Romano would appear Monday before an Israeli military court.

Romano was among dozens of activists spending time in Khan al-Ahmar to try to block the possible demolition of the Palestinian village. Activists say that on Friday, Romano stood in front of a bulldozer clearing barriers that had been set up to slow demolition.

Israeli police said three people were detained for causing disturbances.

Romano’s LinkedIn page says he teaches law at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in France.