‘Jeopardy!’ Under Fire After Accepting Answer Stating Bethlehem Is in Israel

  17 Jan 2020

The popular game show “Jeopardy!” has
come under fire on Twitter after a contestant said Bethlehem is located in Palestine and
was told her response was wrong. In an episode that aired Friday, host Alex
Trebek asked contestants where the Church of the Nativity, which is said to mark the
birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, was located. The church is in the West Bank, which has
been at the center of a decades-long dispute over whether the land rightfully belongs to
Israel or to the State of Palestine. The West Bank was captured by the Arab nation
of Jordan during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, but has been occupied by Israel ever since
the 1967 Six-Day War. “Built in the 300’s A.D., the Church of
the Nativity,” the ambiguous clue read. Contestants had to correctly provide the location
for the church. Contestant Katie Needle quickly buzzed in
and said, “What is Palestine?” Trebek said her response was wrong and moved
to the next contestant, Jack McGuire, who said, “What is Israel?” Trebek said his response was correct. The Arab American Institute’s Omar Baddar
recorded the segment and expressed his disappointment in the game show. “Unacceptable!! Bethlehem is in the Palestinian territories
which Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle got the correct answer & was robbed),” he
wrote. He added: “@Jeopardy owes an apology for
endorsing Israel’s universally-condemned illegal takeover of Palestinian lands.” Others echoed Baddar’s outrage. While many cried for the game show to right
its supposed wrong, others agreed that Palestine was the wrong answer. “Palestine should be classed the same as
never Neverland and Narnia,” one user said.

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