'Jeopardy' causes online furor over location of Church of Nativity

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2020

Game show "Jeopardy" was sharply criticized Friday evening after the answer to a question identified a famous church in Bethlehem as being located in Israel.

Given the controversy that continues to surround the Israel-Palestine conflict, "Jeopardy!" unexpectedly found itself in the midst of a geopolitical conflict.

At the end of Friday's round one, only a single, $200 question remained on the board, under the category "Where's that Church?"

"The United Nations. lists the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as part of Palestine", said Media-ite, adding that even, "the US State Department clearly defines Bethlehem as inside occupied Palestinian territory".

Israel supporters applauded the decision to grant McGuire the points while anti-Israel activists responded furiously on social media, calling the decision "unacceptable", "outrageous" and claiming the game show hosts owe an apology to Palestinians.

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Contestant Katie Needle quickly buzzed in, answering "What is Palestine?".

"Katie Needle got the correct answer and was robbed".

Needle, a retail supervisor from Brooklyn, New York, had the $200 quietly returned to her during a commercial break, according to some sharp-eyed viewers. After Needle was ruled incorrect, contest Jack McGuire buzzed in with "Israel". He was awarded the $200.

The Church of Nativity is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and pilgrimage site for Christians. However, Israel maintains total control over access points to popular tourist areas in the West Bank, including Bethlehem. "But the fact that she gave "Palestine" as the ... answer and was told it was wrong makes it an outrage and an insult to history, reality, the thousands of oppressed Palestinians of Bethlehem". The region has always been the site of conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Representatives for "Jeopardy!" did not immediately respond to Fox News' requests for comment. Embarrassing and wrong on many levels, ' one Twitter wrote.

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