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The campus petition to revoke Bill Maher's invitation to speak at the University of California, Berkeley's December commencement has been debated as a freedom of speech issue. But for these Muslim students the debate is more personal.

Dena Takruri of AJ+ spoke with Khwaja Ahmed and Marium Navid, two UC Berkeley students who have spearheaded a petition to drop Maher as commencement speaker. The students argued that the comedian's anti-Islam comments have promoted a culture of fear and intolerance toward Muslims -- even on their college campus.

"I sit in class and I am forced to defend myself because I am assumed to be a supporter of ISIS," Navid said. "You wear and hijab and you walk on campus, you're targeted on a day to day basis."


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