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Was the Palestine question on ‘Jeopardy’ last night for real??

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Last night’s Jeopardy. See the Judea column.  Somebody is going to have a fit and demand a retraction. Didn’t something like this happen recently with the LA Times?

Judea for $1000:

Galilee, Samaria & Judea in the south were the 3 traditional divisions of this ancient area with a still-current name

What is Palestine!

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  1. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    January 17, 2012, 9:01 pm

    That is funny, I can imagine AIPAC and CAMERA holding meetings over who missed this assignment.

    The ship is leaking all over.

    Do you think Carnegie Mellon heard from “the community” of stiflers and muzzlers?

    It’s a cliché of the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic repertoire: The trusting young Jew who once believed in Israel’s righteousness, but learns the “facts,” wakes up to the reality that, actually, the nation is a criminal entity and then (heroically) speaks out. Young Jesse Lieberfeld not only produced a lurid screed on the theme, but won a prize for it sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon English department, Student Affairs, and the Office of the President.

    • Shmuel
      January 18, 2012, 9:20 am

      That is funny, I can imagine AIPAC and CAMERA holding meetings over who missed this assignment.

      I was thinking of something more like this:

      A: Next item on the agenda. Everybody see Jeopardy last night?
      B: Yeah, Palestine! What were they thinking?
      C: Do we issue a public statement or a private expression of our displeasure, dismay and disappointment?
      D: Maybe we should get Abe F. to do it. It would be better coming from him.
      A: Good idea. He’ll condemn it in the strongest of terms, new anti-Semitism, bla bla bla. So do we all agree?
      E: Um, wait a minute. They also said Judea and Samaria.
      B: What?
      E: I mean when was the last time a major media outlet used the biblical names for that part of Eretz Yisrael? They usually call it the West Bank (makes air quotes) or (shudder) the Occupied (double air quotes) West Bank.
      D: The kid’s got a point.
      A: So what do you suggest we do?
      E: Um uh call it even and let it slide?
      B: But they said f***ing Palestine on f***ing national tv! I don’t believe this! I hear they’re looking for a new intern over at the ADC.
      E: Um, sorry. I guess I wasn’t thinking. Won’t happen again (fiddles with pen).
      B: He wasn’t thinking. Jesus Christ.
      D: Hey, lay off. He was just trying to help.
      B: Yeah, right. Like Chamberlain in ’38.
      (embarrassed silence)
      A: So we ask Abe to handle it?
      All: Yep. Sure. No problem. Definitely.
      A: Next item. Everybody ok with the wording: “Bomb bomb bomb Iran” on this month’s newsletter?

      • Real Jew
        Real Jew
        January 18, 2012, 8:35 pm

        Lol. Absolutely hilarious Shmuel!

        Honestly, who here doubts that AIPAC/Camera have had similar discussions like this before

  2. munro
    January 17, 2012, 10:01 pm

    L.A. Times apologizes for calling Ben Hur a Palestinian (September 28, 2011)

    The Los Angeles Times corrected an item about an anniversary release of a “Ben Hur” DVD that called the title character a Palestinian.

    The correction came following complaints from readers and the staff of CAMERA: Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America of a Calendar item published Monday.

    “A Sept. 26 Calendar section article about a new DVD and Blu-ray release of the 1959 film ‘Ben-Hur’ described the title character, played by Charlton Heston, as a Palestinian nobleman,” the correction said. “The character Ben-Hur was a Jew from Judea who lived long before the place now known as Palestine was given that name.”

    The original item had said, “Based on the novel by Lew Wallace, the period drama revolves around Judah Ben-Hur (Heston), a Palestinian nobleman who is enslaved by the Romans, engages in one of the most thrilling chariot races ever captured on screen, and even encounters Jesus Christ.”


    • W.Jones
      January 17, 2012, 11:09 pm

      Good example.

      “The character Ben-Hur was a Jew from Judea who lived long before the place now known as Palestine was given that name.”

      Does that make it incorrect to call him a Jewish Palestinian? Is it correct to talk about Native Americans before America existed, or the “Indians of Florida” before they were called “Indians” or “Florida,” both by westerners?

      • NimaShirazi
        January 18, 2012, 12:55 am

        The issue regarding the LA Times, CAMERA, and Ben-Hur was addressed here on Mondoweiss back in September:

        The Department of Corrections: Ben-Hur, the LA Times & a place called Palestine

        (Full Disclosure: I wrote it.)

        The Jeopardy! answer/question about Palestine is especially intriguing and satisfying considering that, over the past few seasons, Alex Trebek and company have often featured clues (sometimes even whole categories with on-site video of Alex and team at Yad Vashem, floating in the Dead Sea, the Western Wall, and Masada) devoted to Israel and its current stewardship of Biblical sites and expropriation of history…usually in the form of answers and questions that wholly ignores the Occupation and existence of both Palestine and Palestinians.

        Jeopardy!‘s apparent love affair with Israel seems to have begun in earnest back in 2009, after Trebek and his Clue Crew were treated to a two-week hasbara trip to Israel by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. It is clear this initiative was launched to correspond with the “Brand Israel” PR campaign.

        Commercial advertisements insisting “There’s a little bit of Israel in all of us. Come find the Israel in you” (paid for by the Tourism Ministry, of course) are still often aired during episodes of Jeopardy!.

        In late November 2009, some days after Jeopardy! featured a category entitled “A Journey Through Israel”, which Alex described as “reliving history thousands of years old or just a few decades old,” Carlton Cobb wrote an excellent and informative post for Fair Policy, Fair Discussion, the official blog for the Council for the National Interest Foundation. It’s well worth the read.

        Good to see Jeopardy! is finally moving away from heavy-handed hasbara.

      • Hostage
        January 18, 2012, 1:42 am

        “The character Ben-Hur was a Jew from Judea who lived long before the place now known as Palestine was given that name.”

        That’s silly. There was a tradition of using Palaestina for the region of Cisjordan dating back to at least the fifth century BCE. Herodotus didn’t invent the name, he was simply using an already existing one.

      • kylebisme
        January 18, 2012, 2:50 am

        The thing is, the region was referred to as Palestine long before the period which the fictional story of Ben-Hur was set in, as explained here.

      • pabelmont
        January 18, 2012, 10:15 am

        “Good points,” as then-President Carter said to a reporter during the last year of his then-presidency. We have a lot of trouble with time-dependent names in English.

        Here’s a geographical one: when my late wife and I, then unmarried, applied for a marriage license in San Francisco city hall, the clerk asked us to modify the application where it said, “bride’s father’s nationality: Palestinian”. (“It’s not on the list of countries,” she said.) OK, how about “Ottoman Empire” (as in fact it was when he was born). “Nope, not on the list.” [“Jordan” proved to satisfy the clerk’s requirement and was possibly accurate at the time, though we were married at the end of June 1967, because it was a name (“Jordan”) currently on the clerk’s list of a country which (from 1950-early June 1967) was sovereign (or something similar, as Israel is over its pre-1967 territory, to say nothing of the OPTs) over Ramallah, where he was born. But there was neither an Israel nor a Jordan nor a Palestinian state when he was born (though there were all of these subsequently, Palestine a state from 1922 to 1948, under British tutelage).

  3. annie
    January 17, 2012, 11:53 pm

    ha, it was a ‘triple stumper’. if you scroll over the prize money ($1000) it gives you the results. it stumped all the contestants.

    • marc b.
      marc b.
      January 18, 2012, 9:39 am

      Judea for $1000

      there’s a bad joke in there waiting to come out.

  4. marc b.
    marc b.
    January 18, 2012, 8:42 am

    i saw that. strange, indeed, particularly given nima’s comment. by most accounts, trebek is an arrogant [email protected], so maybe being hoodwinked by hasbara, inc. didn’t sit well. pure speculation on my part, though. it’s funny to see how travel shows treat the extended I/P issue. tony bourdain’s ‘no reservations’ filmed two episodes in lebanon, the first being interrupted by the IAF, the second with a bewildered bourdain, babbling on about the ME penchant for conspiracy theory and much head scratching over lebanese apparent distaste for israel.

  5. Chaos4700
    January 18, 2012, 9:27 am

    Hey man, Jeopardy doesn’t screw around with academic integrity.

  6. dahoit
    January 20, 2012, 9:51 am

    Doesn’t Palestine seem descended from or a corruption of Philistine?

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