‘Jeopardy’ causes online furor over location of Church of Nativity

Times of Israel

Dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is controversial and full of pitfalls, as the producers of popular US game show “Jeopardy” discovered over the weekend.

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. 

The final question of the first round was “Where’s that Church?” with the clue stating: “Built in the 300s AD, the Church of the Nativity.” Contestants on Jeopardy are given clues that are answers, and they have to supply the question.

When contestant Katie Needle first responded “What is Palestine?” host Alex Trebek said that was wrong. Fellow contestant Jack McGuire then ventured “What is Israel?” and was awarded the points.

After a commercial break, some viewers noticed that the show had quietly changed the point count to hand Needle the points for the question instead of McGuire.

The Church of the Nativity, where Jesus was born according to Christian belief, is in Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, in an area that today is in a part of the West Bank fully controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

While Israel has maintained military control of the West Bank since seizing it from Jordanian control in 1967, it has never applied Israeli law to it or officially annexed it as part of the Jewish state. Bethlehem is populated by Palestinians and Israeli citizens are generally barred from traveling there.

While much of the international 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.

Many social media users protested the show following the incident, including pro-Palestinian activists.



2 thoughts on “‘Jeopardy’ causes online furor over location of Church of Nativity

  1. If Bethlehem is in that part of the West Bank controlled by the PA, then “Palestine” would have been the valid answer, not “Israel”.

  2. Balfour Declaration 1917-

    “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

    What exactly is an “israel”? Even the scumbag zionist joo who staked a claim there knew what it’s called.

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