Saudi Arabian History Book Includes Accidental Yoda


The Saudi government is scrambling to withdraw a history textbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to the little green Star Wars character, according to Telegraph UK.

Students in Saudi Arabia opened up their textbooks this week to discover that the force was with late King Faisal while he signed the UN Charter in 1945.

On Thursday, Saudi education minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized on Twitter for what he called an "unintended mistake".

The education minister has also assign Tatweer company for educational services, responsible for printing and reviewing of the kingdom's educational books, to form a committee headed by Deputy Minister of Education Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al-Assami and others concerned with the restructuring of the department that handles that curricula and educational programs at the ministry.

It remains unclear how his image had ended up in a high school social studies book.

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I turns out the image is the work of artist Abdullah Al Shehri, who is known for putting pop culture characters into real-life historical photos.

Then he found a photo of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president assassinated in 1981, meeting Mickey Mouse during a trip to Disneyland. "This is what the archive needs", Shehri recalled thinking.

The Jedi master like the king was renowned for his intelligence, he said, and was popular among Saudis.

"He was wise and was always strong in his speeches", Mr. Shehri said of the king.

Shehri said he made a decision to insert Yoda into the photo because he reminded him of King Faisal and is the same color as the Saudi flag. "So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king". Green is the color of the Saudi flag.