Mitznefet (Israeli military)

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Israeli soldier wearing Mitznefet helmet cover

The Mitznefet (Hebrew: מִצְנֶפֶת‬) is a helmet covering for the infantry helmet used by the Israel Defense Forces as of 1994. It is considerably larger than the helmet, with a similar appearance to a chef's hat. The purpose of the floppy helmet cover is to break up the distinctive outline of a helmeted head and thus assist in the camouflage of the wearer. It also prevents light from refelecting off the helmet and can protect the wearer from sunlight.[1]

It was originally adapted in the 1990s for guerrilla warfare in the wood and bush land of south Lebanon, later changing to a two sided camouflage material, one for desert and one for woodland terrain. The Mitznefet is easily removable, and can be attached to the helmet while folded.[2]

The term comes from the mitznefet, or turban, worn by the high priest in the Temple of Jerusalem, originating in a Hebrew language root meaning "to wrap".


  1. ^ "Ukraine to get Israeli 'clown hat' helmet covers — report". Times of Israel. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  2. ^ Daniel Engber (August 11, 2006). "Israeli Soldiers, Fashion Victims: Why are they wearing chef's hats?".

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