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Saudi Arabia withdraws school textbook over picture of Yoda

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Saudi Arabia withdraws school textbook over picture of Yoda

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Authorities in Saudi Arabia used the Force this week to withdraw a school textbook after it was found to contain a photograph of the country’s former ruler sitting next to a character from the “Star Wars” films.

In the black-and-white image, then Prince Faisal – who later became Saudi Arabia’s third king and ruled the country for 11 years – can be seen signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945.

But while at first glance there may seem to be nothing out of the ordinary about the image, students were shocked to notice that among the prince’s entourage was Jedi master Yoda.


The image was created by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, who mixes pop culture icons into historic photographs.

But Sherhi says he has no idea how it ended up in the text book.

On Thursday, Saudi Education Minister Ahmed al-Eissa apologized on Twitter for the “unintended mistake.”

He said the ministry had begun withdrawing the textbook and printing a corrected version, as well as forming a legal committee to determine the source of the error.