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Protesting agriculture reform, Israeli farmers attempt to breach Lebanon border

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Protesting farmers tried to break through Israel’s northern border into Lebanon on Tuesday, as they continued their demonstrations against a planned agricultural reform they say will destroy their livelihoods.

Several hundred took part in the rally in the Avivim agricultural community against the planned government reform in the industry. Some of them attempted to breach the border with Lebanon and were immediately halted by security forces.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the protesters only breached a security fence along the border and did not at any time succeed in entering Lebanese territory before they were halted.

“IDF forces are deployed in the area and are assisting Israel Police in maintaining order,” the army said.

One of the protesting farmers told Army Radio that the border breach was an act of “desperation,” adding: “We have no way to talk with the decision-makers. We apologized to the security forces who came and tried to remove us by force.”

Police arrested one person during scuffles, Kan news reported.

מהומה בהפגנת החקלאים בצפון: משתתפים במחאה מנסים לפרוץ את גדר הגבול עם לבנון@rubih67 pic.twitter.com/j0HK8wI2Lu

— כאן חדשות (@kann_news) August 17, 2021

Farmers say that by working the land along the frontier they bolster border security, and that this will be impacted if they are hurt by the government plan. They have already held several protests in recent weeks at different locations around the country.

The reform was announced earlier this month by Finance Minister........

© The Times of Israel

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