“My Return” campaign was launched in a press conference held on February, 20, 2020, in the Jordanian capital Amman, in the presence of senior Jordanian officials.
In attendance was the President of the Jordanian Senate Faisal Al Fayez, First Deputy Speaker of Jordan's House of Representatives Dr. Nassar Al-Qaisi, and President of the General Federation of Jordanian Trade Unions Mazen al-Ma'aytah.
The gathering was hosted by the Palestine Committee of the Jordanian Parliament, in partnership with the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC).
Chairman of the Palestine Committee of the Jordanian Parliament, Yehya AlSaoud, lauded the strong geo-historical bonds between the Palestinians and the Jordanians.
“The US ‘deal of the century’ represents a serious threat to Jordan and the Palestinian cause”, said AlSaoud. “My Return Campaign sends a message to the world that return is both a right and a decision.”
President of the Jordanian Senate Faisal Al Fayez said the ‘deal of the century’ presents serious infringements to Palestinians’ legitimate and historical rights.
“The campaign is a confirmation that the Palestinian cause will remain a priority on our political agenda and that the right of return is an inalienable right that can never be forfeited”, he said.
“My Return” initiative is an international campaign launched by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) in partnership with Palestinian and international human rights partners and NGOs in order to amass the largest possible number of signatures showing Palestinians’ unyielding commitment to their right of return to their homeland—a right guaranteed by International Law and relevant UN resolutions.
The campaign comes at a time when efforts have been intensified by Israel and its allies, most notably the US, to negate Palestinians’ refugee status and, as a result, rescind their right of return to their homeland and delegitimize any institution providing assistance to the refugees, such as UNRWA.
The right of return refers to the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland from which they have been expelled since 1948. It implies both first-generation refugees and their descendants, regardless of their place of birth or residence and their political, social, and economic condition.