Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Outrage as US Game Show Jeopardy Decides Bethlehem is an Israeli City

Outrage as US Game Show Jeopardy Decides Bethlehem is an Israeli City

But the show's long-time host, Alex Trebek, who is now battling stage four pancreatic cancer, did not acknowledge the rectification and did not award Needle the extra $200 a correct answer would have earned.

Indeed, both the Church of the Nativity and the city of Bethlehem are under the direct control of the Palestinian Authority since the signing of the Oslo II Accords in 1995.

'Hey @Jeopardy, The Church of Nativity is in #Palestine - How was her answer wrong?

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.

The Church of the Nativity dates to 325AD and is a recognised world heritage site. Trebek ruled him correct.

The American TV game show, Jeopardy, has been slammed on social media for judging the Church of the Nativity, which is located in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, as part of Israel. But Palestinians - and much of the worldwide community - consider the area, including Bethlehem, to be illegally occupied Palestinian land.

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James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute, expressed disdain on Twitter, calling the exchange "an outrage & an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem".

"If "Israel" had been the answer it would have been bad enough", he wrote.

As a 19-second clip of the video was viewed more than 1.3 million times over the weekend, some eagle-eyed viewers on Twitter and Reddit started to get suspicious.

The controversy erupted during Friday evening's episode, which included the category "Where's that Church?"

"It was obvious that something was wrong", said the audience member, who requested to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Mysteriously, it seems as though that question never made it to air. Bethlehem is populated by Palestinians and Israeli citizens are generally barred from traveling there.

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