U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on Tuesday. Confirming Haaretz’s earlier reports, Pence’s visit to the site, which is located beyond the 1967 lines and therefore not recognized by the world as part of Israel, took place without the presence of any Israeli political leaders, just like the visit U.S. President Donald Trump made to the holy site in May.
During Pence’s visit, female journalists accompanying the vice president were separated from their male colleagues and sent away to a fenced and covered area in the back of the Western Wall compound.
The incident provoked outrage among the American female journalists accompanying him. Following their protest, White House personnel have commenced removing the covering as part of a compromise, so the journalists could stand atop chairs and catch a view of the visit.
One of the female journalists present, Globes reporter Tal Schneider, told Haaretz: “I don’t like being restricted in my job just because I’m a woman. I can’t stand it and it’s unacceptable in the modern world. This discriminatory attitude towards women is infuriating and inappropriate in a modern country.” Other female journalists present used the #PenceFence hashtag when discussing the event on social media.