Saudi sacks ministry of education official over school textbook showing image of King Faisal and Master Yoda

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The Deputy Education Minister for curricula of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Atiyah al-Harithi, was fired after being considered as the one responsible for the new versions of a textbook being printed showing Saudi Arabia’s third monarch, King Faisal who is sitting alongside the character of “Star Wars”, Master Yoda in school textbooks.

It sparked discussions on social networks. The black-and-white image shows King Faisal signing the Charter of the United Nations in 1945.

The findings forced Saudi authorities to withdraw the book last week.

The photo was a creation of 26-year-old Saudi artist Abdullah al-Shehri, who is renowned for mixing pop culture icons into historic photographs.

Shehri said he was surprised to see his photograph end up in the school textbook.

Mohammad Bin Atiyah al-Harithi said the new version of the textbook had been printed, after the unintentional error.

He told the New York Times that he paired King Faisal and Yoda, as they were both intelligent and because Yoda’s green skin and light saber matched the green of the Saudi flag.

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