Today is Yom Ha’zikaron, Israel’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks. Since the founding of Israel on May 14th, 1948, 16,724 servicemen in Israel’s defense establishment and civilians have been killed during operational duties and terror attacks.
Sgt. Lior Ziv was a photographer in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. During his army service, he took thousands of photos ranging from portraits of senior commanders, combat training exercises, and soldiers serving as IDF musicians.
On April 14th, 2003 during the Second Intifada, Lior set out to photograph the Givati infantry brigade uncover a smuggling tunnel in the Gaza Strip. He and two other soldiers were to follow the Givati soldiers as they entered a terror suspect’s house. Lior snapped dozens of photos at the beginning of the mission, capturing the moment soldiers got out of their armored vehicle, and slowly walked into the house. Minutes after they entered the first house, Lior and the soldiers with him were attacked. Lior was shot and killed on the spot.
After his death, Mimi, Lior’s mother, went through every photo of the several thousand Lior took during his year serving in the IDF, and chose 50 photographs to showcase in exhibits throughout Israel and the United States.
The following is some of Lior’s photography.
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To see the full photos, visit our set of Lior’s photography on our Flickr page.