Israel police detain U.S. law professor in West Bank
JERUSALEM — An American law professor was detained by Israeli police for allegedly trying to block Israeli troops in a West Bank village slated for demolition, his Israeli lawyer said Saturday.
Frank Romano, 66, is being held at a lockup in Jerusalem and is to appear before an Israeli military court Monday, said attorney Gaby Lasky.
Romano, who reportedly also has French citizenship, was detained Friday in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists. Romano stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers that had been set up to slow demolition, witnesses said.
Romano’s LinkedIn page says that he teaches law, literature, history and philosophy at the Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense in France, and that he practices law in the U.S. and France. In Egypt: Police detained the sons of former President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday along with three others in connection with insider trading charges for which the five are on trial, security officials said. The Mubarak sons — businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s onetime heir apparent Gamal — were taken to a prison south of Cairo.