'Jeopardy!' Sparks Controversy After Ruling Church of Nativity Is Not in Palestine

When asked to identify where the Church of Nativity was located, contestant Katie Needle's answer 'What is Palestine' was deemed incorrect


American gameshow "Jeopardy!" has sparked international controversy after contestants were asked to identify where the Church of Nativity was located on an episode that aired Friday.

During a round under the category "Where's that Church?" contestants where given the clue "Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity." Contestant Katie Needle answered "What is Palestine."

The trivia show's host Alex Trebek said the answer was wrong and contestant Jack McGuire answered "What is Israel," being awarded points for the correct answer.

The incident was immediately met by outrage. " Hey@Jeopardy- the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located in the West Bank which - under international law - is occupied by Israel," one Twitter use wrote.

Omar Baddar, Deputy Director of the Arab American Institute wrote " 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."

The Church of Nativity, located in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, is recognized by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus. The church was commissioned by Constantine the Great and built between 330–333. The Church has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under "Palestine" since 2012.

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