About 900 people marched, prayed and listened to speeches outside City Hall on Friday during a three-hour demonstration against Israel's recent crackdown on Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
The crowd--mostly made up of Muslims--sharply criticized the government's use of violence, which has been blamed for the deaths of 22 Palestinians, including some children. The demonstrators, under the leadership of the Muslim Political Action Committee, passed around a petition calling for the Reagan Administration to end its support for Israel.
"We Muslims will come and wake up America because the aggression is financed from here,' Dr. Maher Hathout, a Pasadena cardiologist and prominent Muslim activist, said as he lead the crowd in a prayer.
After the prayer, the demonstrators marched around City Hall carrying signs and shouting "We want peace, we want justice" and other slogans. Then they were addressed by Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious and civic leaders.