Jews from around the country participate in Women in Green's march in Jerusalem
The Women in Green movement on Monday night, the night of Tisha B'Av, held the traditional march around the walls of Jerusalem. Monday marked the 23rd year that this march has taken place.
The event began with a joint reading of the Book of Eicha (Lamentations) in Independence Park in central Jerusalem. Immediately afterwards, the march took place, and concluded with a rally near the Lions' Gate.
“Sometimes we take things for granted,” Nadia Matar of Women in Green told Arutz Sheva. “People have started asking, ‘Why should we fast on Tisha B’Av? We have Jerusalem. What’s the point?’ And this year, we got a terrible reminder that we are not yet sovereign as we need to be, in Jerusalem and in Israel. The Arabs murdered two policemen, the Arabs butchered three members of the Salomon family, all of a sudden we couldn’t go to the Temple Mount or Jerusalem without being attacked, and all of a sudden we realized there’s still a lot to do.”
“Therefore, the march this year after the terrible two weeks in which our Jewish pride was trampled, walking around the Old City in what is called ‘east Jerusalem’ is very moving and we finally understand how important this walk is,” she added.