Monday, 06 July, 2020

‘Jeopardy!’ Engulfed In Unexpected Controversy With Question About Bethlehem

39;Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek on Sept. 9 2019
Deanna Wagner | 13 January, 2020, 19:23

The show, broadcast on NBC, has been under fire online after Friday night's program initially identified a famous church in the West Bank city of Bethlehem as being in Israel and ruling the answer "Palestine" wrong.

"Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity".

She was told by host Alex Trebek that the answer was wrong, and then another contestant answered "Israel", giving a response that was affirmed. $200 was added to his score.

While much of the worldwide community considers the West Bank occupied Palestinian territory - Israel rejects that view and says the future of the territory is subject to future negotiations - a Palestinian state has not officially been established, and the answer to the question of where Bethlehem is located was always going to be sensitive, complex and politically charged.

Palestine officially controls the West Bank as legitimized by the 1993 Oslo Accords.

Fellow contestant Jack McGuire then buzzed in to offer Israel as the answer, which was deemed to be correct.

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'Hey @Jeopardy - the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located in the West Bank which - under global law - is occupied by Israel. But Palestinians - and much of the global community - consider the area, including Bethlehem, to be illegally occupied Palestinian land.

The Church of the Nativity dates to 325AD and is a recognised world heritage site. "If "Israel" had been the answer, it would have been bad enough".

"This is outrageous", Zogby, a former DNC executive committee member, wrote on Twitter.

Grassroots human rights group Code Pink even launched an online petition, asking "Jeopardy!" to "immediately apologize for the politically risky inaccuracy that took place on your show".

Needle, who has won a two-day total of $53,602 and will continue competing in Monday's episode, used the controversy as a chance to express her own views on the conflict.

Representatives for "Jeopardy!" did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment.