Female journalist reporting Pence visit in Israel asked to strip for security check

Female journalist reporting Pence visit in Israel asked to strip for security check

Jerusalem, Jan 25: Female journalists reporting the Israel visit of Vice President Pence had to face several ‘special treatments’ during the entire coverage.

First at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office on Monday morning, a visiting female journalist from Finland’s state television was asked to remove her bra during a so-called strict security check when she refused, the journalist, of Palestinian descent — was prevented from covering Pence’s news conference with Netanyahu.

Then later on Tuesday morning, the female journalists were blocked from doing their jobs. They were led to a fenced off area behind their male colleagues, which obstructed their vantage point and prompted many to take to the social media with the hashtag #PenceFence.

For Pence’s visit to the wall, the foundation set up two platforms side by side straddling the barrier. As Pence prayed on the men’s side, however, it was difficult for some of the female journalists to see above the cameras and microphones held by their male colleagues.

“It was the same situation during President Trump’s visit to the Western Wall in May 2017,” said the foundation in a statement. “We reject any attempt to divert the discussion from the important and moving visit of the US Vice President and his wife at the Western Wall.”

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