Jeopardy Causes Stir after Ruling Bethlehem as Part of Israel, Not Palestine

Popular TV game show “Jeopardy!” caused a stir online after ruling a contestant who answered that the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem was in “Palestine” wrong.

Another contestant who then answered Israel was ruled correct.

Here is a video of the exchange.


Social media users who believe Katie had the right answer were angered.

Deadline reports Jeopardy! has stirred the controversy pot by telling a contestant she gave the wrong answer on the alleged birthplace of Jesus Christ when she claimed it was in Palestine.

Aljazeera reports that contestant Katie Needle chose a question on the broadcast that aired Friday in the category “Where’s That Church?” The question in the category asked, “Built in the 300s A.D., the Church of the Nativity.”

Needle answered by saying the Church of the Nativity was located in Palestine. She was told by host Alex Trebek that the answer was wrong, and then another contestant answered “Israel,” giving a response that was affirmed.

The Church of the Nativity, a World Heritage Site, is located in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, which Aljazeera claims is internationally recognized as part of Palestine.

However, Palestine is not officially recognized as a state by the United Nations, Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and most of the European Union.