'What is Palestine?' Jeopardy! apologises for 'problematic' Church of Nativity clue
The quiz competition faced a scathing backlash for the Friday episode after the answer "Palestine" given by a contestant was said to be incorrect, with "Israel" being deemed the right answer.
The error came during a round under the category "Where's that Church?", for which contestant were given the clue: "Built in the 300s AD, the Church of the Nativity."
Contestant Katie Needle was first to respond with the answer "What is Palestine", to which host Alex Trevek replied "No".
Contestant Jack McGuire then answered what the show considered to be the correct answer, "What is Israel", and was awarded the points.
"In the process of taping this clue, 'BUILT IN THE 300s AD, THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY' we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic," Jeopardy said in a statement Monday.
"Unfortunately, through human error in post-production, the uncorrected version of the game was broadcast. We regret the error and we will make every effort to ensure this never happens again."
"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 tweeted: "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."
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It is recognised by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under "Palestine".
Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 in a move never recognised by the international community.
Agencies contributed to this report.