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"He's Wandered the Earth an Exiled Man": Bob Dylan's Pro-Israel Song

Bob Dylan in Toronto, 1980 (Photo: wikicommons/Jean-Luc)

Bob Dylan - who turned 75 yesterday - is not only one of the most beloved folk and rock songwriters and musicians, but one of the most famous Jewish ones, as well. Writing at The Times of Israel, Gabe Friedman looks at an oft-forgotten tune of Dylan's written in support of the Jewish state:

While Dylan’s Jewishness has been examined and reexamined over the years, relatively little attention has been paid to his 1983 song “Neighborhood Bully” — a rare declaration of full-throated Israel support by a mainstream American rocker.

The lyrics (posted in full here) equate Israel with an “exiled man,” who is unjustly labeled a bully for fending off constant attacks by his neighbors.

Dylan released the song on his second studio album, “Infidels,” in the wake of his brief born-again Christian phase during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Some of the lyrics sound like they could have been taken from a speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who often portrays Israel as besieged...

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