The Wailing Wall is considered as one of the most sacred Jewish places. Historically it is said to be the western wall of the ancient Jewish temple, known also as the Western Wall
“It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by the Jewish faith outside of the Temple Mount itself” — Wikipedia
Obviously it has become to be a popular praying location for many religious Jews, as well as a place to visit for many others.
When many of the readers of this article were young, the ancient wall exchanged hands. During the Six-Day War (June 1967), it was taken (many would say taken back) from the Kingdom of Jordan into Israel. Soon after, the whole area in front of it was renovated and opened to the public.
At that time, you could see many families visiting together the old remarkable historical remnant. Some for religious reasons, others for the sake of patriotism, and many others for sheer curiosity. Associated with that much importance, it was basically free for all.
Well, not any more. At some point of time, religious politics took over, and the place was announced “holy”. In practical terms, it means that the State of Israel officially forbids men and women to be together near the ancient wall. Imagine a family visiting together the place that became one of the symbols of Old Jerusalem, forced to separated. Husband separated from wife, father from daughter, etc.
It could be done differently. A solution which is good for all could easily be implemented. For example, an area for those who prefer separation and another area for those who want to be together. But since when the needs of the citizens are more important than those of the politicians??