Israeli, Arab youths celebrate fifth anniversary of Oslo

Defying an explicit ban by Israel's Education Ministry, children from some of Israel's youth movements also took part in the ceremony. The ministry had banned the participation of Israeli youth on the grounds that it could not vouch for their safety.

The ceremony was also attended by two families of the seven girls from the Israeli town of Beit Shemesh who were killed by a Jordanian soldier in 1996 while visiting Naharayim, which is called the "Island of Peace." But Danny Va'aknin, the mayor of Beit Shemesh, refused to attend the ceremony.

Israel was represented by Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani.