Photo of King Faisal with Yoda makes it to Saudi history book

Photo of King Faisal with Yoda makes it to Saudi history book

Photo of King Faisal with Yoda makes it to Saudi history book

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In trying to show the historic moment of the founding of the United Nations, the Saudi textbook used a doctored photograph of King Faisal sitting next to Yoda, a Jedi Master from the iconic Star Wars series.

The artist told the BBC it was not clear how his photoshopped image ended up in the social studies textbooks printed for the current academic year.

Ahmed al-Eissa apologised for the mistake on Twitter last week, and said: 'We have formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take the proper measures'.

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The picture, which was meant to illustrate a section detailing the king's rule, was created by a Saudi artist named Abdullah Al Shehri, as part of a series of doctored pictures which saw various figures from pop culture inserted into historical photographs.

"The Education Ministry regrets the unintended mistake that appeared in the picture of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations Commission", al-Eissa said.

The series was inspired by a picture of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat next to Mickey Mouse during a visit to Disneyland.

'This is what the archive needs, ' he recalled thinking at the time.

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He later came across a black and white photo of King Faisal, who was foreign minister at the time, at the signing ceremony and thought it could be enlivened by the appearance of Yoda.

There was actually no pint-sized, green-skinned Jedi master seated next to the king during the 1945 signing.

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

They're going to fix the book and remove the photo (since it's not technically history and all), but I'm a little sad that children won't learn about Yoda's achievements in bringing peace to the world, y'know? And he had the additional benefit of being the same colour as the Saudi flag.

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