The game show “Jeopardy!” has come under fire for not accepting “Palestine” as an answer of where Jesus Christ was born during a show that aired on Friday.
The $200 clue in the category “Where’s that Church?” was “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.”
Contestant Katie Needle buzzed in and answered, “What is Palestine?”
Host Alex Trebek rejected her answer and accepted contestant Jack McGuire’s answer of “What is Israel?”
“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,” tweeted Arab American Institute deputy director Omar Baddar.
The answer has caused controversy and a social-media uproar.
In related news, Trebek, 79, who is battling pancreatic cancer, has talked of retiring.
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