University of California Regents confirm Muslim student to board after Jewish groups objections

SAN FRANCISCO - The University of California Board of Regents has voted to add its first Muslim student representative, over the objections of some Jewish groups.

Regents voted Wednesday to support the nomination of 21-year-old UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs, conservative commentator David Horowitz and others had called on the board to reject her appointment.

They say some of her political activities as a student senator and member of the Muslim Students Association at Berkeley make her unqualified to represent all students.

Those activities included co-sponsoring a bill calling for the divestment of university money from companies with economic ties to the Israeli military or Israeli settlements on the West Bank.

Regent Richard Blum abstained from the vote, saying he was concerned about the divisiveness caused by the divestment measure.

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