Killed in Action: The Faces of the Golani Heroes
The IDF released for publication the names of seven of the 13 Golani Brigade soldiers killed in action at the Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza Sunday morning.
Major Tzafrir Bar-Or, Deputy Commander of Golani's Reconnaissance Battalion, of Holon, volunteered for Golani and loved the military. He served in Lebanon, Judea and Samaria and Gaza.
He left behind a wife, Sivan, in her eighth month of pregnancy, a daughter aged 13 months, parents and a sister. He will be buried at 1:00 p.m., in the military section of the Holon cemetery.
Captain Tzvika Kaplan, 28, of Kibbutz Merav, was born and raised in Haifa and studied at the Yavneh yeshiva. He went on to study at the pre-military academy at Eli. He moved with his family to Merav two years ago. He left behind a wife, Adi, and two sons, Elkana, 5, and Nadav, 3. He will be buried at 11:00 a.m. in the military cemetery in Haifa.
Sgt. Gilad Yaakobi, 21, of Kiryat Ono, grew up in Kiryat Ono, where he studied physics and computers at Ben Tzvi high school. He will be buried at 10:00 at the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv.
Sgt. Oz Mendelovich, 21, of Atzmon. He left behind his parents, Ofer and Osnat, a sister aged 16 and a brother aged 13. His funeral will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the cemetery in Misgav.
Sgt. Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of Raanana. Sean was a lone soldier from Texas, who made aliyah at 16 and joined his two sisters in Israel. He left behind two parents and two sisters. His funeral was scheduled for Monday evening.
Max Steinberg, 24, made aliyah from Los Angeles, California, and moved to Be'er Sheva. He joined the military on 2012, after completing his college studies.
First Sgt. Moshe Maleko, 20, of Jerusalem, was the fourth of ten brothers and sisters. His funeral will take place Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the military cemetery in Har Herzl, Jerusalem.