‘I can continue the struggle with you,’ released US professor tells Palestinian activists

An American professor, arrested for causing disturbances and scuffling with forces on duty in Khan al-Ahmar, was released from custody. 

By: AP and World Israel News Staff

Israel has released an American law professor detained for allegedly trying to block Israeli police operating in an illegal Bedouin hamlet slated for demolition.

Frank Romano, 66, was detained on Friday in the embattled village of Khan al-Ahmar, along with two Palestinian activists.

Witnesses said that Romano stood in front of heavy equipment being used to clear barriers that had been set up to slow demolition. Activists said he began a hunger strike while in detention.

Gaby Lasky, Romano’s lawyer and a star left-wing activist, said a court ordered his release Sunday. She said he was freed early Monday after police decided not to appeal the decision.

Upon his release, Romano returned to the village and said: “I can continue the struggle with you.”

He was reportedly told to leave the country by September 25.

Israel is expected to demolish the village in the coming days.