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Meitar Cemetery, Israel - Israel's 42nd Fallen Soldier Laid To Rest

Published on: July 28, 2014 07:39 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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Family and friends mourn over the grave of Captain Liad Lavi during his funeral in the military cemetery section in the village of Meitar, southern Israel, Monday, July 28, 2014. Lavi, 22, was injured during fighting in Gaza and died from his wounds two day later. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)Family and friends mourn over the grave of Captain Liad Lavi during his funeral in the military cemetery section in the village of Meitar, southern Israel, Monday, July 28, 2014. Lavi, 22, was injured during fighting in Gaza and died from his wounds two day later. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Meitar Cemetery, Israel - Captain Liad Lavi, 22, of Moshav Sde Nitzan who was fatally injured in fighting in the southern Gaza Strip with his Paratroopers unit Thursday night, was buried in the town of Meitar close to Beersheba Monday afternoon.

Lavi’s unit was engaged by a Hamas cell and he was struck by a bullet in the ensuing fire fight. He died of his injuries in Soroka hospital in Beersheba on Shabbat and was laid to rest in the military section of the Meitar cemetery.

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A former teacher of Liad’s spoke warmly of him, describing her former pupil as unique and much loved.

“Liad was a very energetic pupil, playful, beloved by many, very clever, intelligent wise, full of curiosity and intelligence, special, unusual and very sociable,” she told Ma’ariv Online.

“He entered your heart and didn’t leave. He had playful eyes, blue eyes which swallowed you up… I was very proud when I heard he joined a combat unit.”

His brother Shai described Liad as an ambitious person who never gave up.

“He was sociable, ambitious, established a goal and never gave up on it,” he said, and spoke of how he had given him the confidence to become a youth martial arts champion.

“He listened to me and trained with me at every opportunity… At the hospital I met with his friends who told me he was very proud of me. We were good friends, I miss him already.”

Liad’s father Shmulik spoke of a recent ski trip they took together in Austria and how much he had enjoyed it.

Liad Lavi was posthumously promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain. He is survived by his parents and six brothers.

Drora, the mother of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, cries during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS)Drora, the mother of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, cries during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS)
Relatives of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, mourn during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)Relatives of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, mourn during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Relatives of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, mourn during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)Relatives of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, mourn during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Mourners cry during the funeral of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS)Mourners cry during the funeral of Israeli soldier Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of their comrade Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli soldiers carry the flag-draped coffin of their comrade Liad Lavi, who died after succumbing to wounds he sustained last week while fighting in Gaza, during his funeral in Meitar near Beersheba July 28, 2014.  (Credit: REUTERS)


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 Jul 28, 2014 at 08:40 PM Anonymous Says:

This young soldier died for a war that is for naught.. Young blood is being spilled for absolutely nothing..

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 Jul 28, 2014 at 08:54 PM Liepa Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This young soldier died for a war that is for naught.. Young blood is being spilled for absolutely nothing..

So you would completely disregard hamas lobbing rockets into Israel, indefinitely, very lame!

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 Jul 29, 2014 at 01:35 AM Greener Says:

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Anonymous Says:

This young soldier died for a war that is for naught.. Young blood is being spilled for absolutely nothing..

Liad's grandfather davens in my shul. He's the guy who gives out candies to the little kids on Shabbat. After davening on Friday and Shabbat we said tehillim for Liad. I did not know what to say to the grandfather then or after the levaya. I still don't know what to say to him. But I won't quote you.

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