Israeli web users accustomed to surfing the site dylanchords for tabs and lyrics to Bob Dylan songs have recently been blocked from the IP address as the site operator has imposed his own cultural boycott on Israel after the flotilla raid at the beginning of last week
Israelis fall victim
The site is not the musician's official site, or even a site on his behalf. It is purely a fan site. In 2005, the site was shut down by the Recording Industry Association of America, but continued to operate under mirror sites.
The site, which identifies Israeli users by their IP addresses, redirects users to the webmaster's blog instead of presenting content. The person operating the site is a doctor of musicology from Denmark.
This is what was posted on the blog on Saturday:
"As a contribution to a cultural boycott of the state of Israel—a long overdue reaction to the absurd inhumanity that is demonstrated in its actions and that goes against everything that I and this site stands for—access to dylanchords has been blocked for visitors from Israel.
If you think you have been blocked incorrectly, drop me a note, and I'll see what I can do.
If you think you have been blocked unfairly, vote differently in the next election, and convince your family and friends to do the same.
Just so that is mentioned: The boycott is not directed against individuals of Jewish descent or religion, but against the state of Israel and its actions. I feel sorry for those Israelis who have fallen victim to the aggression and violence in the area, no less and no more than I feel for the Palestinians in the same situation."