1) Yigal Amir sought to change government policy and prevent the implementation of the Oslo Accords. The Oslo accords led to a huge wave of terror, they have left Israel with a graveyard full of fatalities, and were liable to eliminate the State of Israel as part of the ‘Phased Plan’ of Yasser Arafat and Abu Mazen . Yigal Amir saw his actions as the only chance of stopping the deterioration into the abyss after the government ignored all of the democratic means taken by protesters and continued down the path that endangered the safety of its citizens.
As a prominent political activist at Bar Ilan University, Amir realized that all of the legitimate forms of political protests had zero influence and that the hegemonic media along with the government ignored the protests, rallies, hunger strikes, and other ways in which the people attempted to show their opposition to the agreement. At his trial, Amir claimed that he never would have taken such an extreme step had the public not been muzzled by the anti-democratic policies of the government and the media bias that laughed at the citizens whose blood was spilled in the endless attacks caused by the Oslo Accords.
2) Amir’s trial was extremely brief and its handling was influenced by the public hysteria accompanied by the media. It was a show trial. The defendant was not given any chance to explain his motives and his lawyers were forbidden from studying the evidence and prepare for the trial as needed.
3) Throughout his incarceration, Amir was discriminated against in comparison to other prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2001, the Knesset passed the ‘Yigal Amir Law’ that eliminated his opportunity to have his sentence shortened and to receive prison furloughs. The law was personal and retroactive that contradicts the legal customs that are the norm in Israel and the West. There was also an additional attempt to legislate another personal law that would forbid Amir to get married. Despite the failure of the aforementioned law to pass, Amir was forced to fight for over three years for his basic right to marry and have children, despite the fact that other prisoners serving a life sentence were afforded the opportunity.
Amir’s prison conditions are also much harsher than those of other prisoners serving out similar sentences. Amir has been in solitary confinement for 24 years, including 11 in total isolation monitored by CCTV cameras monitored by CCTV cameras. Amir’s continuous solitary confinement is unprecedented not only according to Israeli standards, but also according to the standards of most Western countries. It is incompatible with the minimal incarceration standards as defined by the United Nations and go against the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Unhuman and Degraded Treatments ratified by Israel. Prolonged solitary confinement often causes irreparable damage to a prisoner’s health. As such, 24 years in solitary confinement are comparable to a much longer prison sentence.