(Associated Press) The University of California’s governing board confirmed the first practicing Muslim student member to the board on Wednesday, despite opposition from some Jewish groups.

UC regents voted in favor of UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin’s nomination. One regent, Richard Blum, abstained from the vote. Saifuddin will serve as a regent for the 2014-15 school year.

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

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