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Student regent is unfit for job

It is troubling that the University of California Board of Regents appointed as its 2014-15 student member a UC Berkeley student senator primarily known for her anti-Israel actions.

Sadia Saifuddin promoted the divestment of university funds from companies that do business with Israel and demonized a UC Santa Cruz lecturer who stands up for Israel. Granted that she appears to be likeable, tolerant and highly respected on her campus, according to news accounts, Saifuddin still has a bias that does not make her a fit representative for the 200,000-plus UC students on nine campuses.

With a field of 30 student applicants for the post, surely the regents could have done better.

Al Sokolow

Davis

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  • paul BradyJuly 21, 2013 - 9:16 am

    I have to agree with Mr Sokolow. Surely a more neutral but still very well-qualified student could have been chosen! Israel is one of our most important partners in global security, peace and free-enterprise prosperity!

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  • Rich RifkinJuly 21, 2013 - 7:37 pm

    As abhorrent as Sadia Saifuddin's views on Israel are to me, I don't think they should disqualify her from serving as the student regent. I am not saying that Miss Saifuddin was the best choice for this position--I honestly don't know one way or the other. However, if it is appropriate to nix a person for this job because he holds a controversial opinion about Israel or some other foreign policy question, then what would stop those who hate Israel from rejecting a candidate because he was a Zionist? ....... That said, if Miss Saifuddin were to use her position to suggest the UC adopt anti-Israel policies (like the ones she advocated in the past as a private citizen), she be removed from office. But as long as she sticks to education policy, her views on the Middle East should play no part in her qualifications for this particular position in my view.

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  • Fred HarveyJuly 22, 2013 - 2:39 am

    Perhaps the Regents found a kindred spirit!

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  • Noreen MazelisJuly 23, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    This is the same crew that (very swiftly and w/out public comment) hired Napolitano as UC Pres. Her qualifications for this post are as impressive as mine. Given her HS background, I guess she could make dossiers on Republican faculty members -- all three of them. Pretty cushy work for a "base salary" of $570,000 a year.

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