In 1925 Abe (Abraham) Cahan, the strong and influential editor of the most important Jewish newspaper, Forward, and an outstanding leader of the Jewish Labor movement in the United States, visited Palestine in order to come to terms with the problem of Jewish mass migration from East Europe. During and following his trip Cahan published his impressions about the Jewish National Home. His publications stirred a public debate, which lasted almost a year, between the supporters and 'Bundist' antagonists to Palestine. Almost all major leaders in the Jewish labour movement participated in this debate, including Rogoff, Litvak, Panken, Pine, Charny-Vladek, Zivion and Morris Hillquit, one of the major leaders of the SP (the American Socialist Party). A major stronghold of the anti-Zionist Bund movement was, besides eastern Europe, in the United States. The perception of Jewish immigrants was that Palestine would not solve the problems and needs of the Jewish masses. The idea of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine was considered an illusion.
Palestine: A different world; A Jewish immigrant ship from Russia; The situation of the Jews in Russia; The halutzim (pioneers) builders of Palestine; Problems of Yiddish and the influence of the religious people; The socialist settlements in Palestine; Jews and Arabs at the Tel Aviv market; Industry and the future of Palestine; All kinds of people and parties in Palestine; The flowering of Palestine depends on the welfare of the Arabs; The co-operative settlements in Palestine; Mendel Elkind and the Gedud Ha'avodah; The future of Palestine depends on the success of industry; Solel-Boneh and big industry in Palestine; What do the Jews of the world find in Zionism?; The labour movement in Palestine; The labour movement in Palestine (continued); The work of Solel-Boneh; Is there a future for Eretz Israel?; What is the meaning of "To build Eretz Israel"?; Zivion (Dr Ben-Zion Hoffman); Max Pine; Baruch Charney-Vladek; Dr Isser Ginsburg; continued; Abraham Litvak; Hillel Rogoff; Judge Jacob Panken; Sara Broyland; Jacob Lestchinsky; Alexander Kahn; David Einhorn; Dr Chaim Spivak; S. Rabinowitz; Morris Hillquit: His position on Palestine; The articles on Palestine by Abraham (Abe) Cahan.