29 October 2010



YAMAM (Hebrew: ימ"מ‎, an acronym for Special Police Unit (יחידה משטרתית מיוחדת, Yehida Mishtartit Meyuhedet)) is the elite police counter-terrorism unit in Israel. The YAMAM is capable of both hostage-rescue operations and offensive take-over raids against targets in civilian areas. Besides military duties, it also performs traditional SWAT duties and undercover police work.

In Israel the YAMAM is also known as the "Unit for Counter-Terror Warfare" (Hebrew: היחידה ללוחמה בטרור‎). It is part of the Israel Border Police. Its operators and officers are professional policemen on payroll.  YAMAM recruits its members exclusively from Israeli units.

The YAMAM was established in 1974 after the Ma'alot massacre, where a failed operation by IDF special forces units resulted in the 21 children being murdered before the terrorists were eliminated. Since hostage rescue in friendly territory is different from that in hostile areas, it was decided to establish an elite police force, which develops and practices a special CQB (Close Quarter Battle) doctrine for "counter-terrorism" operations in friendly territory and hostage rescue. The YAMAM's operations and tactics are top secret and are rarely photographed or filmed. Very few of the YAMAM's missions are ever publicized.

The YAMAM recently won an international Counter Terror / SWAT competition in Oakland California USA, beating 25 other teams from around the world.

Ziv Koren published a book of his photographs of the YAMAM

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1 comment:

Drang said...

Love that pic of the dog coming through the window at the (no doubt role-playing) Tango. Especially knowing how muslims feel about dogs! (Was the red, white, and blue air freshener a present from His Imperial Majesty?)
Keep fighting the good fight, brother, 2012 can't come too soon!


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