The annual Tisha Be’av walk, organized by the Women in Green organization, in held each year in Jerusalem and unites thousands of people from around the country. The walk typically begins at Independence Park with a reading of Megilat Eicha, which is traditionally read on Tisha Be’av every year. Following this, the walking route leads participants to several notable historic sites along the way until ending near the Lion’s Gate in the Old City.
Historian Aryeh Klein has led the walk for many years, and tells several stories of the unique history of Jerusalem along the way which include anecdotes from the Roman era and more recent stories from the Six Day War. Every year, the walk concludes with the singing of “Hatikva,” Israel’s national anthem, and “Ani Ma’amin,” before its participants pray at the Western Wall. The walk is the continuation of the ancient Jewish tradition that ceased during the British Mandate period, but was renewed in the ’90s by Women in Green.