An American-French law professor
arrested while protesting against the demolition of a Palestinian village in
the West Bank says an Israeli court has revoked a deportation order against
Frank Romano, who teaches law at the Paris Nanterre University, was
released late Sunday on the orders of the Jerusalem magistrates court and
spoke in a video posted on social media.
He said that police had earlier handed him to immigration officials for
immediate deportation without a court hearing but he refused to sign a
The judge called the immigration and said 'bring him back' and we had the
hearing, he said.
In the courtroom, the judge ordered his release, he said.
Supporters said he was allowed to stay in Israel until September 25, the
original date of his return flight.
He was ordered to lodge a surety of 1,000 shekels ($256, 240 euros) and
provide a guarantor for a separate 5,000 shekel bond, they said.
Romano was detained on Friday while taking part in a demonstration at the
Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem.
The village of roughly 200 people in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is at
risk of being demolished at any time, despite fierce criticism from key
On September 5, Israel's supreme court upheld an order to raze it on
grounds it was built without the proper permits.
It is extremely rare for Palestinians to be given Israeli permits to build
in Area C of the West Bank, where Khan al-Ahmar is situated.
The village is located in a strategic spot near Israeli settlements and
along a road leading to the Dead Sea.
There have been warnings that continued settlement construction in the area
could eventually divide the West Bank in two and cut it off from Jerusalem,
dealing a death blow to any remaining hopes of a two-state solution.
Anti-demolition activists said Romano was arrested along with two
Palestinian protesters when they tried to block bulldozers sent in by Israeli
authorities to seal off an access road to the village.
Pictures on social media show him being led from the scene by Israeli riot
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