CHALLENGE is a bi-monthly leftist magazine focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within a global context. Published in Jaffa by Arabs and Jews, it features political analysis, investigative reporting, interviews, eye-witness reports, gender studies, arts, and more.
CHALLENGE had its start in the first Intifada, continued through the Oslo process, and now it elucidates the turbulence following the collapse of negotiations. For the last twelve years we have offered our readers an uncompromising analysis of events. We pointed out the flaws of the Madrid-Oslo process from its very beginning. We didn’t "fall into line" during the rule of Labor (1992-1996), and we do not hold our tongues when the Palestinian Authority violates human rights.
(See "The Trouble With Oslo".)
CHALLENGE is one of the very few sources in English focusing on the problems of Arabs in Israel. We cover such issues as the plight of local Arab workers amid the forces of globalization, the struggles of unrecognized Arab villages, and land confiscation.
On the second Intifada: Challenge has taken a critical position. Although we regard the Israeli Occupation as the basic reason for the havoc in the Territories, we have also claimed consistently that the second Intifada lacks a coherent goal or strategy. We see it as a power struggle between the old and new guard of the PLO, with the Palestinian people as its primary victim. Through its early months, we warned of the coming chaos. Now we watch with horror as the violence escalates, both through the terror of the state (Israel) and the individual terror of Palestinians. The fighting forces and the suicide bombers do not represent a progressive and viable leadership for the future. Our analysis, critical of both sides, is by no means easy to publish amid the bloodshed and cries for vengeance.
On September 11: Challenge has published a special supplement called "Afghan Boomerang" (# 70). This was also published in Arabic (al-Sabar) and Hebrew (Etgar). It has created a lot of local and international interest. So far it has been translated into German, Italian and Spanish.
On Conscientious Objection: Since September 2001, Challenge has given special coverage and support to the movement of refusal to serve in the army. Our last three editions have carried substantial material on the subject. (See, for example, Bread and Conscience (#72).)
Challenge is indexed by the Alternative Press Index.