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About Rockets into Roses – Our Story

Nearly 25,000 Rockets of Terror

The residents of Israel have endured years of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Nearly 25,000 Hamas rockets have exploded in Israel since the second intifada, killing dozens of innocent Israelis and endangering the lives of millions more.

In the summer of 2005, Israel took the very painful step of evacuating 10,000 of its citizens from 21 communities in the Gaza region. Families were uprooted, synagogues were abandoned, schools and businesses were closed forever – all in the hope of a peaceful future.

“There will be no more rockets fired into Israeli communities”, was the Israeli position, “since Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip has ended.” Unfortunately, disengagement from Gaza had the opposite effect.

The once flourishing Israeli communities were turned into bases of terror, from which thousands of rockets were launched daily, deep into Israeli territory. As rocket attacks intensified, fear, panic and destruction became the norm.

As sirens wailed “Code Red”, residents had 15 seconds to run for their lives. Israel’s response was muted, in the hope that perseverance and restraint would lead to a diplomatic solution. But restraint only encouraged more rocket attacks.

 

Israel Fights Back

Operation Cast Lead was launched in December 2008 as a last-resort attempt to bring about the elusive peace and security that its citizens rightfully deserved. Although a military success, the operation was a diplomatic nightmare, as the UN’s Goldstone Report condemned Israel for its’ aggression.

While the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza was significantly damaged, it was not eliminated, and rocket fire continues to terrorize Israel’s citizens. But the people of Israel are resilient – their spirit remains high and their dreams for a peaceful future remain very much alive.

They live by their biblical promise that, “Swords will be turned into plowshares” (Isaiah 2:4). Out of destruction comes growth. “Am Yisrael Chai” – the people of Israel will endure.

 

The Artist – Yaron Bob

Yaron Bob is an art teacher and blacksmith who lives in Yated, a small Israeli community near the border with the Gaza strip.

In the remote Israeli town of Yated, just a stone’s throw from Israel’s border with both Egypt and Gaza, metal sculptor, blacksmith and part-time computer teacher Yaron Bob, has found his way of turning “swords into plowshares”. He turns Kassam rockets that were fired into Israel by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza, into beautiful hand-sculpted pieces of art – magnificent roses.

Following years of relentless rocket attacks into Israeli communities so close to home, Yaron was driven to create something positive from these objects of destruction and death.

“I find it fascinating to make a work of art from a piece of metal. It is powerfully meaningful when a missile that is used for killing is turned into a sign of beauty, growth and prosperity”, Yaron said.

The Israeli police enthusiastically support Yaron’s work. While most of the rockets are stockpiled in police stations throughout southern Israel, some are made available for Yaron’s project.

 

How Rockets into Roses are Made

With just a hammer, anvil and furnace, Yaron melts, moulds and sculpts rocket metal into gorgeous flowers. It is our hope that Yaron’s roses remain very limited edition pieces.

Most roses take at least three to four hours of turning and twisting the rocket metal, and hand-sculpting intricate petals and leaves onto the rose. The larger, more detailed roses and bouquets can take significantly longer to create. A signed and numbered certificate of authenticity accompanies each rose.

Yaron’s artwork is truly a piece of history – living proof that Israel has endured missile attacks for years. It has been presented to dignitaries such as former US Vice President Mike Pence, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and many others, such as ambassadors and army generals.

A portion of the proceeds of each item sold will be donated to the United with Israel Bomb Shelter Campaign to build bomb shelters in cities around Israel.

 

Up Close and Personal

Yaron had two close calls with rockets and he knew he needed to react to the terror that he and his community were facing. Yaron wanted to create something that speaks of growth and prosperity, and to make something out of the destruction and of the ruin of the Kassam.

The truth is, because the rocket is an instrument of death, he really didn’t want to handle it. However, his frustration was intensifying with so many missiles falling on Israel and so many alarms.

The situation was very stressful on him and his family. “It finally struck me that I need to make a rose from the Kassam”, Yaron says. Now. Bob collects the spent rockets, most given to him by the police, after they have been checked by the bomb squad.

Although the rose, stem and base are made of Kassam remains, there is no sign the flower comes from rocket metal. “I take the Kassam, the instrument of death and I change it, I transfer it into something of beauty.”

Bob is not a pacifist, but he would like Hamas to know talking is better than firing rockets and starting a war. His goal is to somehow let the world know people in Israel are not hungry for war and what they really want is a bright and beautiful future.

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