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“Jeopardy!” Apologizes After Claiming Church of Nativity Is in Israel, Not Palestine

HeadlineJan 15, 2020

The popular game show “Jeopardy!” has apologized, saying it never meant to broadcast this question about the location of the Church of the Nativity that sparked outrage last week.

Alek Van Houghton: “Church, 200.”

Alex Trebek: “Built in the 300s AD, the Church of the Nativity. Katie?”

Katie Needle: “What is Palestine?”

Alex Trebek: “No. Jack?”

Jack McGuire: “What is Israel?”

Alex Trebek: “That’s it. And that takes you to $2,200. You’re still in third place, however, which of course means that you get to go first in double jeopardy.”

In fact, the Church of the Nativity is located in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, which is occupied by Israel in violation of international law. After Palestinian and human rights activists called on “Jeopardy!” to apologize, the game show said that it had broadcast this question by mistake, after ruling during the show’s taping that the question was flawed and that “determining an acceptable response would be problematic.”

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