Jewish Chronicle (UK)
20 Dec. 1991
A group of 51 former Soviet citizens, who arrived in Holland three months ago after leaving Israel, were went back to the Jewish State in handcuffs on Monday.
Most of the group claimed that they had been discriminated against in Israel because they said they were not Jewish. On this basis, they had asked to be granted political asylum in Holland.
The Dutch government, which receives 22,000 asylum requests a year, said the group wanted to make Holland its home purely for economic reasons.
Pictures of people being deported by the police evoked memories of the Second World War. Depute Minister of Justice Ad Kosto said that he never thought he would see the day when he would have to deport people to Israel. Israel said that the deportees would be given all the rights afforded to new immigrants.