Palestinian Islamic Combat Movement
PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC COMBAT MOVEMENT
Palestinian Islamic splinter organization (Harakat al-Mujahada al-Islamiya al-Filastiniya in Arabic) created in Lebanon at the end of 1989 by Shaykh Ibrahim Ghonim, born of personal conflicts between Ghonim and Fathi Shiqaqi, who decided to organize the Palestinian Hizbullah. Backed by Iran in its struggle with Israel, the Palestinian Islamic Combat Movement (PICM) sometimes participated in operations mounted by the Lebanese Hizbullah. At the end of 1993, the PICM found itself much weakened by the departure of many of its members, who decided to rejoin the ranks of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad of Shiqaqi.