January 23, 2018

Women journalists segregated during Pence's visit to the Wall

Newsweek- A visit by Vice President Mike Pence to Jerusalem’s Western Wall has provoked outrage among female members of the foreign press corps after they were forced to stand behind their male counterparts.

Pictures taken by female journalists at the scene and shared on social media showed women had to cover the vice president’s visit from a fenced-off area at the rear end of the compound that includes the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.

Israeli diplomatic correspondent for the Hebrew-language Globes newspaper Tal Schneider told Haaretz she felt discriminated by the segregation of the press corps.

"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," she said.

Another journalist, Noga Tarnopolsky, tweeted that White House staffers explained the segregation was a result of what they termed “Western Wall rules.”

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