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Israeli photojournalist David Rubinger passes away
Among Rubinger's notable photographs is one of IDF paratroopers crying at the Western Wall after the Six-Day War and a photo of Golda Meir doing dishes. He was 92 in his passing, and will be buried on Friday.
David Rubinger, one of Israel's most important photographers and a recipient of the Israel Prize in communications, passed away early Thursday. Rubinger, who was battling cancer, was 92 in his passing. His funeral will be held on Friday.

 

   

Rubinger photographed many of the historic events that shaped the State of Israel. One of his most notable photographs is that of IDF Paratroopers crying at the Western Wall after liberating the Old City during the 1967 Six-Day War.

 

Another famous photo is one of former prime minister Golda Meir washing dishes. He also photographed Israel's first prime minister David Ben-Gurion many times.

 

David Rubinger (Photo: Dana Kopel)
David Rubinger (Photo: Dana Kopel)

 

He released three books of photography, with the most notable among them being "Israel Through My Lens: Sixty Years as a Photojournalist."

 

Rubinger was born in Vienna, Austria in 1924. He made aliyah to Israel in 1939. In 1945, he became a news photographer and worked for the weekly HaOlam HaZeh. Later, he worked for TIME magazine as well.

 

The paratroopers at the Western Wall (Photo: David Rubinger)
The paratroopers at the Western Wall (Photo: David Rubinger)
 

In 1946 he married his wife Anni, and the two had a son and a daughter. Anni passed away in 2000 after a battle with cancer.

 

Rubinger later had a relationship with social worker Ziona Spivak, who was murdered in 2004 by her Palestinian gardener. Rubinger was the one who found the body and called the police.

Golda Meir doing the dishes (Photo: David Rubinger)
Golda Meir doing the dishes (Photo: David Rubinger)


 

He is survived by his son, children's writer Ami Rubinger, his daughter Tammi, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  

 

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