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The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) are a Palestinian militant network which operates in the Gaza Strip and are regarded as terrorist organizations by Israel and the United States. Set up late 2000 by former Fatah and Tanzim member Jamal Abu Samhadana, the PRC are composed of ex-Fatah militants combined with Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades activists. The PRC specializes in planting roadside bombs and vehicle explosive charges directed against military and civilian convoys in the Gaza Strip.
Esteban Rivera, 06 Jun 2005
A number of today's Yahoo pictures show demonstrations in the Gaza strip, including a black flag with some seal-like device in the center. Another UFE?
Jorge Candeias, 28 Mar 2003
The black flag is the flag of the Popular Comittee of the Intifada. The flag is very close to the Islamic Jihad flag (similiarity only in aspect because the Popular Comittee is a most comprensive organization, with all tendencies represented), whose flag has a different central device showing the Omar mosque and two fists (one against other, towards the center). The sourrounding letters are, I believe, the Shahada (I don't remember if the text was translated by Jose Luis Cepero when this flags was published in Flag Report about two years ago, not due to lack of will from him but because in the first photos I posted him the inscription was not clear enough and it took me some time obtain better photos). In the Popular Comittee flag the sourrondings words must be also the Shahada, but this flag is more often used without surrounding Arabic letters.
Jaume Ollé, 28 Mar 2003
The latter looks to me like a white-logo-on-black version of the Hizbullah flag.
Santiago Dotor, 04 Apr 2003
It does show similarities, but it's not the same thing. I blew up a bit the flag, and the symbol is now relatively well-visible. It does how what looks like the hand holding a kalashnikov, but the base is different, and in the Hezbollah flag there is no arabic text circling the symbol.
It could be something related with the Hezbollah. A variation, the flag of a related Palestinian organization, something like that. But this is speculation.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Apr 2003
The flag you are talking is the flag of the Palestinian Popular Resistance Comittees, and certainly is not related to Hezbollah which is a Lebanese, not Palestinian, organization, even if both organization fought against foreign occupation in their respective countries (though Hezbollah has already achieved its objectives except for a small frontier territory called Sheba Farms that they continue to claim). The flag in question has on it the dome of the Umar mosque of Al Quds (Jerusalem), a clearly Palestinian symbol. (However a black flag with the Hezbollah emblem does exist.)
The small inscription (below) the emblem was drawn as the close as possible from the photo (considering that I have no idea of Arabic) and corrections are welcomed.
Jaume Ollé, 03 Apr 2003
Well, the flag in the Yahoo photo is neither of these two. The main symbol is different from both those of the PPRC and the Hezbollah, and the circle of writing is absent also in both of them.
Again, could be a variation, or something totally different. The writing looks more Latin than Arabic, though.
Jorge Candeias, 03 Apr 2003
Yes, it's a variation, The inscription is featured sometimes surrounding the emblem.
Jaume Ollé, 05 Apr 2003