Israel: Don't deport me from the land where I was born
  • Petitioned Eli Yishai

This petition was delivered to:

Israeli Minister of Interior
Eli Yishai
Adviser, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai
Roei Lachmanovich
Spokesperson, Israel Ministry of Interior Population Registry
Sabin Hadad
Chair, Israeli Ministry of Interior Humanitarian Committee
Miriam Rosenthal
Minister's Representative, Israeli Ministry of Interior Humanitarian Committee
Amos Arbel
Public Representative, Israeli Ministry of Interior Humanitarian Committee
Rafael Miara

Israel: Don't deport me from the land where I was born

    1. Munther Fahmi
    2. Petition by

      Munther Fahmi

      Jerusalem, Palestinian Territory, Occupied

January 2012


Victory!  Months after Munther Fahmi started his petition on, the Israeli government has finally granted him residency.  

Mr. Fahmi explains what happened: 

Dear Friends,

The Government of Israel has accepted the Israeli Supreme Court recommendation that my residency be reinstated. I have been granted 2 years' residence on the basis of a Jerusalem Identity Card, and pending good behavior, shall receive permanent residence thereafter.

I am deeply indebted to all of you and extremely grateful for your kind support during this year of particular uncertainty. There is still much work to be done for resolution in line with international law for the 130,000+ Palestinians whose residency has been revoked by the Government of Israel.  With Best Wishes,
Munther Fahmi


My name is Munther Fahmi, and I am the founder and owner of the Bookshop at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem, a cornerstone of cultural life in Jerusalem and a small but vital space of free and independent thought and debate.

Now Israel is threatening me, a Palestinian who was born in this city, with imminent deportation!

I am a bookseller, and I have done absolutely nothing to deserve this.

Please support my right to continue to live and work in Jerusalem, the city of my birth, by signing this petition calling on Israeli authorities not to deport me.

Thank you!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      Thank you for the flood of support we are receiving today!

    3. Reached 200 signatures
    4. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      We will be reaching out to our members across the world about this campaign early next week.

    5. Reached 100 signatures
    6. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      We have identified two potential members of Israel's Humanitarian Committee whom we can reach out to on this case. A small but potentially meaningful step. More updates when we have them.

    7. Reached 5 signatures
    8. Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      International authors campaign against the deportation of Palestinian bookseller, Munther Fahmi


    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      The Israeli government's policies and actions against non Jewish residents and their Jewish

      supporters is reminiscent of the brutal apartheid regimes of South Africa.

    • Andrew Hersh NEW YORK, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      Is there any specific reasons they want to deport you? Have you had any trouble with the IDF or with the government? Have you said that you seek the annihilation of the state of Israel and the Jews, which would be a sign of danger to Israel?

      If the only reason you're being deported is because you're Palestinian, and you're peaceful, then i support this cause.

    • mari garcia BROWNS MILLS, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      if no harm is done by him staying in his homeland, why should he be forced to leave?

    • Daphne Alespeiti NORTH BERGEN, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      Munther Fahmi born in Jerusalem should NOT be deported.

      israel,are you not suppose to be a LIGHT UPON the NATIONS?

      Israel , Israel, Israel WHAT is wrong with you?!?!

    • Vuk Mujovic BELGRADE, SERBIA
      • over 3 years ago

      Borderline mad, how can you be deported from the place where you are born. If you are a criminal, a convict, heck I would understand if they would want to deport a martial arts teacher but not a book seller.

      I hope that you win your struggle.


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