The University of California’s governing board confirmed its first practising Muslim student member, despite opposition from some Jewish groups.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, StandWithUs, conservative commentator David Horowitz and others had called on the board to reject UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin’s appointment, alleging that some of her political activities as a student senator and member of the Muslim Students Association make her unqualified to represent students.

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

Ms. Saifuddin (21) said after the vote that she expected opposition and hoped that people would look beyond her political activity to other things she has done. — AP