American professor detained by Israel in West Bank scuffle

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A lawyer says 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 Saturday that her client, Frank Romano, is being held in a Jerusalem jail. 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.

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

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