Danger! has apologized after judging that the birthplace of Jesus Christ is in Bethlehem in Israel and not in Palestine.
The long-running game show put the error down to ‘human errors in post-production’ after the online episode gave rise to play, especially by Palestinian interest groups.
A statement from the producers explained that the participants still got the right score after the woman who answered ‘Palestine’ correctly received points retroactively.
The Nativity, which Christians say is the birthplace of Jesus, is located in Bethlehem, which is located in the occupied West Bank that is controlled by the Palestinian authority.
The producers of Jeopardy! have apologized after judging that the birthplace of Jesus is in Israel and not in Palestine, causing online outrage
The question that led to the controversy was under the category “Where is that church?” asked ‘Built in the 300 AD, the nativity’
The Nativity, which Christians say is the birthplace of Jesus, is located in Bethlehem, which is located in the occupied West Bank under the control of the Palestinian Authority
The producers of the chat show said: “While recording this clue,” BUILT IN THE 300 AD, THE CHURCH OF NATIVITY “we became aware that the clue was incorrect as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic.
“In accordance with our rules and in the interest of honesty, we have canceled and discarded the designation. We have restored the scores of Katie and Jack to what they were before the appointment. The outcome of the game was not affected. ”
“Unfortunately, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast by human errors in post production.
“We regret the mistake and we will do everything we can to ensure that this never happens again.”
The statement is in agreement with a number of Twitter users with eagle eyes, who noted that the show participant quietly awarded $ 200 needle during an advertising break, meaning she earned points for her Palestine response, although she was initially considered incorrect.
In the episode of Jeopardy !, a $ 200 question in the “Where is that church?” asked “Built in the 300 AD, the birth church.”
Participant Katie Needle zoomed in and answered, “What is Palestine?”
Host Alex Trebek replied ‘no’. Participant Jack McGuire then zoomed in and answered, “What is Israel?” and won the point.
The question, however, got into controversy online and threw the game show in the grip of the geopolitical debate between Israel and Palestine.
Participant Katie Needle (left) zoomed in and answered: “What is Palestine?” but host Alex Trebek said she was wrong
Participant Jack McGuire then zoomed in and answered, “What is Israel?” and won the point
Some viewers noted that Katie won an additional $ 200 during an advertising break, retroactively considering the point for her Palestine response
Palestine officially controls the West Bank as legitimized by the 1993 Oslo Accords. However, parts of the country are subject to Israeli raids.
The Nativity is a designated UNESCO world heritage site and place of pilgrimage for Christians.
Social media users have vented their anger with Trebek’s curt ‘no’ and the apparent interpretation of the show of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, claiming danger! apologize.
“Hey @ Jeopardy, The Church of Nativity is in #Palestine – How was her answer wrong? You must correct this or make a statement. Painful and wrong on many levels, “wrote a Twitter.
‘#AlexTrebek is ashamed, don’t mix games with politics! It was called #Palestine not #Israel, ‘another Twitter user echoed.
‘Hey @ Jeopardy – the Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located on the West Bank, which – according to international law – is occupied by Israel. The occupied country is also known under international law, as the occupied Palestinian territories, “an outraged Twitter user added.
“Apparently @Jeopardy had a question about The Church of the Nativity today and when the participant answered” Palestine “it was considered incorrect and the next participant said” Israel “and it was counted as correct. @ Jeopardy explain, “another Twitter user said.
Eventually Needle won the game and took a total two-day win of $ 53,602.
Nativity church pictured above in Bethlehem