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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 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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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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Idan Matalon Is The Gay Israeli Man Behind The Hilarious Telenovela Lip Sync Videos

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In Israel, Idan Matalon is regarded as a gay icon, but in the queer telenovela fandom subculture, Matalon is a superstar. Matalon rose to fame within Israel as an online lipsync star, after he created a YouTube channel dedicated to displaying his pop song lipsyncing skills when he was just 16-years-old. Matalon rose to fame while lipsyncing Korean pop, but, soon, he fell in love with Spanish language telenovelas. The queer Latino community is living for his reenactments of some of the most dramatic moments in telenovela history, this time, with a gay man playing the hypersexualized and distressed female interest. 

Lipsyncing in Spanish soon inspired a passion to learn to speak Spanish, and, now, Matalon nearly exclusively speaks in Spanish on his social media platforms.

Matalon went viral in the Latino community after reenacting the embarazada scene in “Tierra de Pasiones.”

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On this year’s International Coming Out Day, Matalon shared his story and how social media and the Internet has helped him come to terms with his sexuality. “For years I thought [homosexuality] was a sin. I didn’t have YouTube or social networks to watch stories, videos and thoughts of other kids who were like me, and that’s why I felt very lonely and scared with my feelings. In school, the word ‘gay’ was like an insult to the boys,” he shared in an Instagram post. While serving in the Israel Defense Force, he came out as gay to his parents. He was 19-years-old and was met with full support. 

Since then, Matalon has become a columnist for Moovz to discuss LGBT issues and has even made an appearance on the cover of Mexico’s Betún Magazine. Today, he’s using his social media to reimagine telenovelas as acted out (and lipsynced) by the gays, and it’s hilarious. Back in 2015, he and his friend Sachin Bhatt lipsynced the novela scene when Gabriela Spanic and Catherine Siachoque got into a physical fight during the moment the fake-pregnancy gig was finally up. When Matalon grabs the pillow out of Bhatt’s shirt, he takes off his shirt to reveal the kind of six-pack that only the gays can create. This is the content we deserve.

Matalon just announced that he’ll be embarking on a comedy tour in Mexico next year.

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Matalon learned Spanish for his love of novelas, and that overly emoted passion has landed him an entire comedy career in Latin America. Matalon will be returning to Mexico to deliver his “I Live in a Telenovela” comedy show to nine major cities. Will you be there?

Matalon was born in Rishon LeZion, Israel, but has lived all over the Spanish-speaking world.

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Matalon just moved back to his home in Israel, but he spent the last four years appreciating Mexican and American values (and puppies). Matalon moved to Los Angeles about four years ago, and during that time, he spent a year living in Mexico City. In an Instagram post in Spanish, Matalon said, “I already feel like Mexico and LA are my home, but I love my country Israel, I feel relaxed in Tel Aviv, and happy with my family and friends.” While he was living in Mexico, he adopted three adorable chihuahuas and embarked on a two-month process to ensure he would be able to safely bring his beloved babies back to Israel. We love a committed rescue dad!

His telenovela videos are beloved around the world and his Spanish-language skills are pretty remarkable.

The gay YouTuber has spent his life traveling around the world and creating videos for social media. He was a YouTube lipsync artist when he was 16 years old then joined the Israeli military. In April 2012, Matalon was named Shalom Life’s 20 hottest of the 50 hottest Jewish men. His impact in the queer community is massive and his growing among the Latino community is quickly catching up.

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