The top 8 headlines you may have missed / Haaretz Newsline, June 14
From Barack Obama awarding Shimon Peres the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 50 NGOs calling on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza, Haaretz sums up the top headlines from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World.
Shimon Peres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. During the White House ceremony, Obama called Peres "an indomitable spirit that will not be denied.”
Israel’s Civil Administration ordered the demolition of several structures, including an ultra-Orthodox school, built along the route of the security barrier in northern Jerusalem, after they were approved and established by the Defense Ministry.
In an apparent attempt to patch things up with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after a year or so of shaky ties, U.S. billionaire and President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder published a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, supporting the premier and his position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Five East Jerusalem teenagers were acquitted on Wednesday of throwing rocks and firebombs - but only after having spent a year and a quarter in jail or under house arrest.
Approximately 100 South Sudanese migrant workers have been detained by Immigration Police, since a widespread operation to begin deporting them back to their home country went into effect last week. Despite the crackdown, 305 African migrants have entered Israel through the porous border with Egypt since the beginning of the operation.
An Israel Defense Forces base and a nearby Border Police base would have to be turned over to the settlement of Beit El in order to fulfill Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's promise to build 300 new apartments there, a Defense Ministry document states.
Syrian government forces are killing civilians in organized attacks on towns and villages that amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said on Thursday, citing evidence from over 20 locations in the country's northwest.
Fifty international aid groups and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal on Thursday calling on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by Hamas.