Popular Resistance Committees (PRC)

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) were formed during the Second Intifada in Gaza by members of Fatah who became opposed to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its policies. According to journalist Donald Macintyre, the PRC was initially led “by former ‘Fatah Hawk’ Jamal Abu Samhadana, whom Hamas would later put in charge of its new paramilitary policy – the ‘Executive Force’ – after winning the 2006 elections. The PRC are currently led by Abu Yasser Shashnyeh.

The PRC are strong allies of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and do not participate in the politics of the PA or the PLO. There seems to be little difference between its political branch and armed wing (al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades). Israel accuses Iran of supporting and funding the PRC.