Ariel Jerozolimski
Photographer and Tour Guide

SNAPSHOT: Sadness and honor

Dr. Mary Dan-Gur, bereaved mother of Eran Z"L, helps her son Or tidy his brother's grave at the military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. April 2020
Dr. Mary Dan-Gur, bereaved mother of Eran Z"L, killed in battle in Gaza in 2008, helps her son Or to tidy his brother's grave at the Military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. (Ariel Jerozolimski)
Dr. Mary Dan-Gur, bereaved mother of Eran Z"L, killed in battle in Gaza in 2008, helps her son Or to tidy his brother's grave at the Military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem. (Ariel Jerozolimski)

The military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem is for me the saddest and most emotional place in Israel. I feel deep sadness and pride for all these young people that gave their lives for our country to live. This year, with the Coronavirus pandemic, the visit became even more special and I encountered a very touching scene and story:

Dr. Mary Dan-Gur, bereaved mother of Eran Z”L, killed in battle in Gaza in 2008 helps her son Or to tidy his brother’s grave at the military cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem wearing protective face mask and gloves.

Eran served as a combat soldier in the Shaked battalion of the Givati Brigade and was killed in an RPG attack during Operation Hot Winter in the Gaza Strip on March 1st., 2008. Ten years later, at the age of 56, his mother Mary decided to bring a new baby into the world, and Or was born in 2018 following surrogate pregnancy process.

This year family members of fallen soldiers will not be allowed to visit their beloved ones graves following the government’s measures to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus but people are allowed to shop at Ikea.

I wish both leaders and regular citizens would respect the memory of the fallen soldiers every day and not only during the Remembrance Day siren and ceremonies.

Photo:© Ariel Jerozolimski

About the Author
Born in Uruguay in 1965 and lives in Israel since 1984. Since 1990 he worked as a freelance photographer for Israeli and international media including AFP, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, Stern Magazine, El Pais, and Xinhua. In 1999 Jerozolimski joined the leading Israeli business daily, Globes,as a staff photographer till 2009. He was the chief photographer for The Jerusalem Post between 1999 and 2010. His work has been exhibited at the Berlin Museum, "Israel Under Attack" about the First Gulf War. He's also participated in a number of group exhibitions. His photos have also been featured in such books as A Day in the Life of the IDF, 24 Hours at Prison, and Photographers in the Street. In addition to his photographic work, he is a licensed tour guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese and organizes photographic tours.
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