By Natan Nestel
Sadia Saifuddin, a UC-Berkeley student and a leader in the two most extreme anti-Semitic organizations on US campuses, has been nominatedfor the prestigious position of the student member (for the 2014-15 academic year) of the University of California Board of Regents. California’s Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Speaker of the Assembly are ex-officio Regent Board members. Sherry Lansing is the Chair of the Board. Senator Diane Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is also a regent. The student regent participates in the board that sets policies for the renowned University of California system, which consists of ten campuses throughout the state.
The student regent member is supposed to represent the perspective of the entire student body of the University of California system. Yet, Saifuddin’s record at UC Berkeley is one of involvement in extremist hate groups. This participation raises serious questions regarding of her suitability to be the person to represent the diverse student body of the University of California.
Saifuddin, has been active in the infamous Students for Justice in Palestine-SJP (on the ADL list of the Top Ten Anti-Israel Groups in America), and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muslim Students Association-MSA, which is an anti-American and anti-Israel organization (see here, here, here, here and here). She is a leader in the manipulative and fraudulent BDS movement, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, which aims for the destruction of the Jewish state. Eminent academics, including Larry Summers and Alan Dershowitz of Harvard, have described the BDS as “anti-Semitic.”
Saifuddin co-sponsored the divisive resolution in the Berkeley student Senate, calling upon the entire University of California system to divest from companies that do business with Israel.
A high school senior applying to college recently wrote regarding Saifuddin’s organizations, SJP and MSA: “I am scared … because of the false propaganda and bullying — yes, bullying — taking place on college campuses nationwide … led by two student groups — the Muslim Students Association and Students for Justice in Palestine (see here the whole article).
A lawsuit filed by two UC Berkeley students details a pattern of harassment and physical assaults by members of Saifuddin’s groups at UC Berkeley. These incidents cross the line from allowing free speech into creating a hostile campus.
Letters that have been written to the University Regents by concerned UC students, faculty and California residents, were ignored. The confirmation of Saifuddin’s nomination is supposed to take place at the next Regents meeting, July 16 -18.
Exposure of the true nature of the BDS by the national media, coupled with the fact that the UC Regents are going to nominate a campus BDS leader would make the UC Regents and California leadership realize that the nomination of a racist bigot would harm UC’s reputation irreparably. And that it will have, among other repercussions, serious financial consequences.