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Jeopardy! sparks outrage for ruling that Jesus Christ’s Bethlehem birthplace is in Israel

Jeopardy! sparks outrage for ruling that Jesus Christ’s Bethlehem birthplace is in Israel even though it’s technically located in Palestine

  • Jeopardy! is being slammed by critics after Friday’s episode ruled that the birth place of Jesus Christ is in Israel not Palestine
  • Host Alex Trebek asked where the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem is located
  • Contestant Katie Needle said Palestine and was told she was incorrect 
  • Jack McGuire buzzed in and said Israel and was awarded the $200 point 
  • Some viewers noticed that Katie won an additional $200 during a commercial break, mostly likely retroactively given the point for her Palestine answer
  • Bethlehem is located in the West Bank which is controlled by Palestine
  • Outraged viewers are now demanding the show offer a public apology 

The long-running game show Jeopardy! has come under fire for ruling that Jesus Christ’s birth place of Bethlehem is in Israel and not Palestine. 

In Friday’s episode a $200 question under the category ‘Where’s that church?’ asked ‘Built in the 300s AD, the Church of Nativity’. 

Contestant Katie Needle buzzed in and answered, ‘What is Palestine?’

Host Alex Trebek responded ‘no’. Contestant Jack McGuire then buzzed in and answered, ‘What is Israel?’ and won the point. 

However, the question erupted in controversy online, throwing the game show into the throes of the geopolitical debate between Israel and Palestine.  

Jeopardy! is being slammed by critics after Friday’s episode ruled that the birth place of Jesus Christ is in Israel not Palestine. The question that sparked the controversy was under the category ‘Where’s that church?’ asked ‘Built in the 300s AD, the Church of Nativity’. 

Contestant Katie Needle (left) buzzed in and answered, 'What is Palestine?' but host Alex Trebek said she was wrong

Contestant Katie Needle (left) buzzed in and answered, ‘What is Palestine?’ but host Alex Trebek said she was wrong

Contestant Jack McGuire then buzzed in and answered, 'What is Israel?' and won the point

Contestant Jack McGuire then buzzed in and answered, ‘What is Israel?’ and won the point

Some viewers noticed that Katie won an additional $200 during a commercial break, mostly likely retroactively given the point for her Palestine answer

Some viewers noticed that Katie won an additional $200 during a commercial break, mostly likely retroactively given the point for her Palestine answer

The Church of Nativity, which Christians believe to be the birthplace of Jesus, is located in Bethlehem which resides in the occupied West Bank controlled by Palestinian authority. 

Palestine officially controls the West Bank as legitimized by the 1993 Oslo Accords. However, portions of the land is subject to Israeli incursions. 

The Church of Nativity is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and pilgrimage site for Christians. 

Social media users vented their fury with the Trebek’s curt ‘no’ and the show’s interpretation the Israel/Palestine controversy, demanding Jeopardy! release an apology.  

Social media users vented their fury with the Trebek's curt 'no' and the show's interpretation the Israel/Palestine controversy, demanding Jeopardy! release an apology

Social media users vented their fury with the Trebek’s curt ‘no’ and the show’s interpretation the Israel/Palestine controversy, demanding Jeopardy! release an apology

‘Hey @Jeopardy, The Church of Nativity is in #Palestine – How was her answer wrong? You should correct this or make a statement. Embarrassing and wrong on many levels,’ one Twitter wrote. 

‘#AlexTrebek shame on you, don’t mix games with politics! It was called #Palestine not #Israel,’ another Twitter user echoed. 

‘Hey @Jeopardy – the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located in the West Bank which – under international law – is occupied by Israel. The occupied land is also known, under international law, as the Occupied Palestinian Territories,’ one outraged Twitter user added. 

‘Apparently @Jeopardy had a question today on The Church of the Nativity and when the contestant answered “Palestine,” it was deemed incorrect and the next contestant said “Israel” and it was counted as correct. @Jeopardy please explain,’ another Twitter user said.  

Church of the Nativity picutred above in Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity picutred above in Bethlehem

However, Jeopardy! is yet to comment on the controversy. 

Some Twitter users noted, however, that the show quietly awarded Needle $200 during a commercial break, meaning she earned points for her Palestine answer, despite being initially deemed incorrect. 

In the end Needle won the game and bagged a two-day total winnings of $53,602. 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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