'Female journalists were ordered to stand behind their male counterparts during US Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall, triggering outrage and reigniting the debate about segregation at the holy site.
Pence visited the site, revered in the Jewish and Islamic faiths alike, during his two-day trip to Israel, the highest-profile visit by a US diplomat since President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.
Female reporters and photographers were previously separated from their male counterparts during visits by former US President Barack Obama and during President Trump's visit, although they were afforded an unobstructed view of the event. It’s common practice for the sexes to be separated by the Ultra-Orthodox authority that runs the site.
The female reporters were given chairs to stand on after the snub gained traction online, particularly on Twitter, thanks to the hashtag ‘#PenceFence.’
"The Pence people ultimately took the cover off the top to improve the shot. And yelled at male reporters/photographers to stop blocking our view," NPR's Tamara Keith wrote in an email.'
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