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| VIDEO: 24th Annual Traditional Walk Around the Walls of Jerusalem on Tisha BAv

Yosele Y    
Tuesday, 24 July 2:45 AM

The 24th Annual Walk of Tisha B’Av Eve

Along with the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, MKs, the head of the Republican Party in Israel, public figures and thousands of citizens, the traditional walk around the walls of Jerusalem on the eve of the fast of Tisha B’Av will take place again this year.

This year, the walk will take place on Saturday night, on the beginning of the fast of Tisha B’Av, (postponed one day because of Shabbat) on July 21st, 2018.

The event will begin with a  gathering at Gan Ha’atzma’ut on Agron Street, in the capital, where there will be a reading of the Scroll of Lamentations and immediately afterward, publicist and journalist Caroline Glick, deputy editor of the Jerusalem Post, will speak and the walk will then set out on its way.

The walk, in which hundreds of Israeli flags will be carried, will include explanations and historical information delivered by Aryeh Klein, an expert in both the modern and ancient history of Jerusalem.

The route of the walk will include passing the New Gate, the Shechem Gate, and the Lions Gate, through which the paratroopers entered to liberate the Old City in 1967, where an assembly will be held with the participation of public figures who will speak at the site, and from there the walk will continue past the Dung Gate to the Western Wall.

Among the speakers at the concluding assembly will be Minister for Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ze’ev ElkinDeputy Minister of Security MK Rav Eli Ben DahanMK Miki Makhlouf ZoharDeputy Mayor of Jerusalem Dov Kalmanovich, the head of Derech Emuna rabbis Rav Baruch Efrati, Chairman of the Republican Party in Israel Atty. Mark Zell and Chairman of Im Tirzu, Matan Peleg.

The co-chairwomen of the movement, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, remind us that the walk, which has become a tradition, is actually a restoration of an ancient tradition that was held in Jerusalem hundreds of years ago on the eve of Tisha B’Av, but was suspended for many years. “In 1994, Ruth and Michael Matar, the founders of Women in Green, became aware of the ancient tradition of walking around the walls of Jerusalem on the eve of Tisha B’Av. As a bride, who circles around her groom, the People of Israel encircles the Temple Mount, expressing its longing for the place and its loyalty to Jerusalem. The movement decided to renew this custom. In its first year, the idea was met with the objections by the police. The matter was placed before the High Court, which instructed the police to allow the walk to proceed and it has been held every year since then”.

"The walk is another step in the actual implementation of the sovereignty of the Jewish people over its eternal capital, Jerusalem," Katsover and Matar say, stressing that "the sovereignty of the people of Israel over all of its Land begins with its sovereignty over its capital."

The event will begin at 9:30 pm with a gathering of the participants for Maariv & the reading of the Scroll of Lamentations and the walk will set out at 10:15 pm after hearing Caroline Glick. The estimated time of conclusion is midnight.

Video clip of Last year’s walk in which you can see the thousands of participants and among them Kevin Bermeister and Rabbi Shalom Lipskar, head of Landow Yeshiva school in Miami Beach who say a few words to the camera:

Last year’s keynote speakers at the Lion Gate

Yishai Fleisher (in English)

Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, Deputy Defense Minister (in Hebrew)

Mk Yehuda Glick (in Hebrew) 

Menachem Aby Levy, was among those who liberated the Old City (in Hebrew)

Jack Kupfer, Israel Forever (in Hebrew)

Opening remarks (in Hebrew)

Yehudit Katsover 050-7161818 Nadia Matar 050-5500834

The Sovereignty Movement founded by Women in Green 


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