Jeopardy! has stirred the controversy pot by telling a contestant she gave the wrong answer on the alleged birthplace of Jesus Christ when she claimed it was in Palestine.
Aljazeera reports that contestant Katie Needle chose a question on the broadcast that aired Friday in the category “Where’s That Church?” The question in the category asked, “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.”
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Needle answered by saying the Church of the Nativity was located in Palestine. She was told by host Alex Trebek that the answer was wrong, and then another contestant answered “Israel,” giving a response that was affirmed.
The Church of the Nativity, a World Heritage Site, is located in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, which Aljazeera claims is internationally recognized as part of Palestine.
However, Palestine is not officially recognized as a state by the United Nations, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and most of the European Union.
Social media responded to the Jeopardy! situation, with some calling for an apology.
Omar Ghraieb, a Palestinian writer who lives in Gaza, told Al Jazeera: “What happened is inexcusable. Jeopardy! should apologize and give a clear explanation. This shouldn’t just pass calmly and be forgotten.” .
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.
— Deanna ديانا (@deannaothman) January 10, 2020
Unacceptable!! Bethlehem is in the Palestinian territories which Israel illegally occupies (Katie Needle got the correct answer & was robbed). @Jeopardy owes an apology for endorsing Israel's universally-condemned illegal takeover of Palestinian lands.pic.twitter.com/Ym99YziM4k
— Omar Baddar (@OmarBaddar) January 11, 2020
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