Her reporting is generally sympathetic to the Palestinian point of view and critical ofIsraeli governmentpolicy towards the Palestinians. During the years of theAl-Aqsa Intifada, however, Hass published several highly critical articles about the chaos and disorder caused by militias associated with theFatahparty ofYasser Arafatand the bloody war between Palestinian factions inNablus.
Her reportage of events, and her voicing of opinions that run counter to both official Israeli and Palestinian positions has exposed Hass to verbal attacks, and opposition from both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities. Recently she labeled Israel anapartheidstate with privileges reserved mostly forJews. She says that
In June 2001, Judge Rachel Shalev-Gartel of the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court ruled that Hass had defamed the Jewish settler community ofBeit HadassahinHebron, and ordered her to pay 250,000shekels(about $60,000) in damages. Hass had reported Palestinian eyewitness accounts ofIsraeli settlersdefiling the body of aPalestinian militantkilled byIsraeli police; the settlers argued that the event did not take place, and said that Hass reported the story with malicious intent. The presiding judge found in favour of the settlers, and said that the report – disproven by several televised accounts of the incident – damaged the community’s reputation.Ha'aretzindicated that it did not have time to arrange a defense in the case, and announced that it would appeal the decision.However, it never appealed the decision.Hass noted that she had brought forward sourced information from the Palestinian community, and said that it was the responsibility of newspaper editors to cross-reference it with other information from theIDFand the settler community.
On December 1, 2008, Hass, who had traveled to Gaza aboard a protest vessel, was arrested by Israeli police on her return to Israel for being in Gaza without a permit.
After residing in the Gaza Strip for several months, Hass was again arrested by Israeli police upon her return to Israel on May 12, 2009 "for violating a law which forbids residence in an enemy state."