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Israeli artist turns rocket into menorah (Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Israelis are a strong people, used to dealing with the daily threat of terror that is meant to kill them solely because of their faith. Our friends at The Algemeiner tell us the story of Yaron Bob, an Israeli artist who lives near the Gaza border, and who is turning the very terrorist rockets meant to kill Jews into objects to help celebrate the festive Jewish holiday of Hanukkah:

The clang of hammer on metal and the roar of a blowtorch can be heard long before you walk into Israeli metal sculptor Yaron Bob’s workshop.

Featured prominently in his workshop is a quotation from the Book of Isaiah: “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares.”

Bob is doing something close to that in his studio in Yated, an agricultural community near the border where Israel, Gaza and Egypt meet.

His raw material is rockets and mortar shells fired into Israel by Palestinian militants from Gaza, just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away.

The twisted shrapnel is dropped off at his smithy by police and Bob, 47, crafts artwork and religious symbols from the metal...

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