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‘Jeopardy!’ Tried To Claim Bethlehem As Israeli Territory But Social Media Gave Them A Geography Lesson

NBC’s “Jeopardy!” is under fire for penalizing a contestant who answered, “What is Palestine?” for the location of the Church of Nativity, located in Bethlehem. The ancient city of Bethlehem is a religious epicenter for Judeo, Christian and Muslim faiths, considered to be the place of Jesus’ birth. NBC’s “Jeopardy!” has aired since before the Six-Day War of 1967 that gave way to the existing power struggle over Bethlehem, which has been occupied by Israel ever since. The show cited Palestine as the wrong answer and awarded $200 to a contestant who said the Church of Nativity is in Israel.

Now the show is apologizing, citing “human error” as the reason the show was aired. Still, the controversy has reached the Internet, reflecting back the controversy that has persisted for over 70 years now.

In the “Where’s that church?” category, contestant Katie Needle buzzed in first to answer, “What is Palestine?”

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A little background: The Church of the Nativity basilica is located in Bethlehem, in the West Bank, and remains the oldest place of worship for Christians. It was likely built between 330-333 A.D., commissioned by Constantine the Great. Today, the church is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which lists its location as Palestine.

In 1947, the United Nations created a “two-state solution” to take away Palestinian territory and give it to a new state, to be called Israel. Arab leaders and England opposed the solution but was widely supported by Zionist Jewish leaders. Palestinians didn’t give up generations of territory without a fight and war commenced. With the political support of the United Nations, Israel gained even more territories than initially set out in the UN plan. 

Katie was deducted $200 for her “incorrect” answer.

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Host Alex Trebek curtly answered, “no.” Since the clip has been aired and shared on social media, many folks are outraged. “Jeopardy is deeply zionist. it shows itself almost daily in their clues and I’m conflicted often but this clip right here might be the end for me ????????‍♀️,” one social media user tweeted. Zionism is a nationalist movement that seeks to establish what Jewish holy text prescribes as a religious right to “the Holy land.” Today, in American politics, anti-Zionism is often conflated with anti-Semitism, but that’s an incorrect assumption. With the benefits of hindsight, many folks acknowledge that Europe attempted to correct the horrors of the Holocaust by taking land away from brown people with no power.

Today, 138 United Nations members have acknowledged the statehood of Palestine, and thereby its occupation by Israel. In 2018, President Trump announced he would be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, acknowledging the deeply disputed territory as the capital of Israel. 

Contestant Jack McGuire won the point when he quickly answered, “What is Israel?”

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Later, Twitter detectives noticed that Katie was credited back $200 after the commercial break, which corroborates NBC’s claim that they never intended to air what they eventually determined to be too controversial of a question. “Hey @Jeopardy – the Church of Nativity is in Bethlehem, which is located in the West Bank which – under international law – is occupied by Israel. The occupied land is also known, under international law, as the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” tweeted at the show. 

The trivia show producers released a statement: “In the process of taping this clue, “BUILT IN THE 300s A.D., THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY” we became aware that the clue was flawed as written and that determining an acceptable response would be problematic. In accordance with our rules and in the interest of fairness, we voided the clue and threw it out. We restored Katie’s and Jack’s scores to what they were prior to the clue. The outcome of the game was not affected. We then continued the game with this replacement clue. 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.”

Zionists are refusing to acknowledge Bethlehem as Palestinian territory under international law.

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There has been a growing movement in the international community of officially recognize Palestine and protect its sovereignty. The movement has sparked anger from some who claim it would harm Israel.

Many are less than satisfied with the show’s solution to the problem.

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I’m cool with that, but it’s weird that we just didn’t have ‘The judges have decided to accept your answer of ‘Palestine’ as correct.’ I see that all the time. Instead, you made up an entirely new clue to try to avoid the situation, and then someone messed up and it aired anyway?” another Twitter user asked in response to “Jeopardy!”‘s statement.

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Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Shared A Sweet Photo From Their Wedding Following Her Husband’s Death

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Alex Trebek’s Wife Jean Shared A Sweet Photo From Their Wedding Following Her Husband’s Death

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Alex Trebek, the neighborly “Jeopardy!” host with all of the correct answers and encouragement passed away over the weekend. He was 80 years old.

Last year, in March 2019, Trebek revealed he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. With this news came an outpour of support from fans who recognized Trebek as the decades-long host of the classic game show that gives contestants answers first, so that they can supply the question.

“I’m going to fight this and I’m going to keep working,” he said at the time of his diagnosis reveal and returned to work just a week later.

In the months leading up to his death, Trebek revealed that he was prepared to say goodbye.

Trebek passed away on Sunday after over a year-long battle with stage four pancreatic cancer.

Speaking during ABC’s “What Is Jeopardy?” the host revealed that he had already planned his goodbye to the trivia show that he had hosted since 1984.

“I have learned something in the past year and it’s this: We don’t know when we’re going to die,” Trebek explained at the time. “Because of the cancer diagnosis, it’s no longer an open-ended life, it’s a closed-ended life because of the terrible … survival rates of pancreatic cancer… I’ve kind of, in my mind, rehearsed it already, and what I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the showdown to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want,'” he said in January during ABC’s What Is Jeopardy? special. “And I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people: ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me … then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success.'”O

Of his final words, Trebek said that he would say “‘And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.’”

On Wednesday, Trebek’s wife, Jean Currivan Trebek thanked fans for their support in the wake of her husband’s passing.

In a post to her Instagram Jean wrote a heartfelt post telling fans “My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity.”

“Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much,” she went onto write. “Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek.”

Jean shared a post with a photo of the couple on their wedding day that featured Trebek wearing a white suit and Jean in a pillbox hat. In the image Trebek can be seen slipping a ring on Jean’s finger.

In January, Trebek spoke abouthis decades-long relationship with Jean in an interview with People saying that he was “pretty satisfied with my life.”

“But my wife Jean and I have been together almost 29 years, and I was thinking about President Bush when he died, and all the comments about his life about what a nice guy he is, and how he and his wife had been together 73 years. I thought, oh my gosh … if I’d just met Jean in my 20s we could have had a longer life together,” Trebek explained before adding.He jokingly added, “I guess if I’d met her when I was in my 20s she wouldn’t have been born yet. But hey, 29 years is pretty good!”

Trebek’s death was confirmed on Sunday but new episodes of the show will continue to air through Dec. 25.

Trebek’s final day in the “Jeopardy!” studio was ten days before his death on Oct. 29.

In a statement about his death, the show explained that they were “saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

“Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family,” Sony Pictures Television said in a separate statement. “For 37 amazing years, Alex Trebek was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world.”

Soon after the COVID-19 pandemic started earlier this year, production on the ABC game show paused but resumed over the summer.

Trebek returned for filming and told The New York Times at the time that shooting the show was livening. “Oddly enough, when we started taping I suddenly started to regain my strength,” he said. “It’s the strangest thing. It is some kind of an elixir.”

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Alex Trebek Says That He Will No Longer Seek Cancer Treatment If His Latest Round Is Unsuccessful

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Alex Trebek Says That He Will No Longer Seek Cancer Treatment If His Latest Round Is Unsuccessful

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Last year in March of 2019, the legendary “Jeopardy!” game show host Alex Trebek revealed to fans that he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.

At the time, Trebek was honest about his prognosis admitting that his chances of survival were poor but that he would fight the cancer and attempt to beat the odds. According to John Hopkins Medical Center, Stage IV pancreatic cancer has a “five-year survival rate of 1 percent.” While updates about his treatments since then have been optimistic at times, Trebek revealed last September that follow-up immunotherapy had been ineffective.

After one year of cancer treatment, Trebek has announced that his diagnosis has worsened over time.

According to a recent report by The New York Times, if Trebek’s current cancer operation fails he has made the decision to no longer seek further treatment. “After some encouraging news from doctors last year, Trebek’s prognosis has worsened. If his current course of cancer treatment fails, he plans to stop treatment.”

Explaining his decision, Trebek said that his quality of life during his treatment has been difficult. “Yesterday morning my wife came to me and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ And I said, ‘I feel like I want to die.’ It was that bad,” he told NYT. “There comes a time where you have to make a decision as to whether you want to continue with such a low quality of life, or whether you want to just ease yourself into the next level. It doesn’t bother me in the least.”

Despite his decision, Trebek says that he will stick around for “Jeopardy!” for as long as possible.

While still intending to work for the show (which he has hosted for 36 years) Trebek told NYT that he wants to ensure it continues to be of “quality.” “It’s a quality program, and I think I do a good job hosting it,” Trebek explained. “And when I start slipping, I’ll stop hosting.”

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