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Saudi recalls textbook over Star Wars character with king image



Saudi Arabia scrambled Friday to withdraw a school textbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of a former ruler sitting next to a “ Star Wars” character , prompting ridicule on social media.

The black-and -white image shows King Faisal , Saudi Arabia’ s third monarch, signing the United Nations Charter in 1945 , with the diminutive Jedi master Yoda perched next to him.

The image was created by 26 -year-old Saudi artist Abdullah al-Shehri , who has gained renown for mixing pop culture icons into historic photographs .

“ The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error, ” Saudi Education Minister Ahmed al-Eissa said on Twitter.

He said the ministry had begun recalling the textbook and printing a corrected version , adding that a legal committee would be formed to determine the source of the error.

Al -Sheri told The New York Times that he was surprised to see the photograph end up in the school textbook .

He said he paired the king and Yoda as they were both intelligent and because Yoda ’ s green skin and light saber matched the green of the Saudi flag .

He stressed he had meant no offence to the king , seen widely as the architect of Saudi Arabia’ s modernisation .

But the error prompted light-hearted banter on social media.

One Saudi schoolteacher jested that this error symbolised “ payback” after the education ministry introduced an extra hour of classes in schools earlier this year.
AFP

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