Mike Lumish

Turning Terror into Light

I am not exactly in the habit of using this space as an advertisement for artists or craftsmen, but in this case I intend to make an exception.

Today I received an email from United With Israel recommending the work of Yaron Bob of Rockets into Roses fame:

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


Mr. Bob 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…


“I take the Kassam, the instrument of death and I change it, I transfer it into something of beauty.”

Here is a brief news story about Mr. Bob and his Kassam roses.

Here is an example of his work:

Here is another:

I think that Mr. Bob is going to have no lack of source material for his artistry going forward.

G-d bless and keep the people of Israel.

About the Author
Mike Lumish is a PhD in American history from the Pennsylvania State University and has taught at PSU, San Francisco State University, and the City College of San Francisco. He regularly publishes on the Arab-Israel conflict at the Times of Israel and at his own blog, Israel Thrives ( He has in recent years given conference papers on American cultural and intellectual history at The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Dublin, Ireland, as well as at the Western Historical Association in Phoenix, Arizona and the American Cultural Association in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lumish is also the founding editor of the scholarly on-line discussion forum H-1960s. He can be contacted at