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Filmmaker Maurice Jacobsen on Gaza and Peace Process; Dr. Rock, RIP

American filmmaker Maurice Jacobsen on his documentary Inshallah, about the life & people of Gaza; a tribute to Bay Area DJ and musicologist, Dr. Rock.  Maurice Jacobsen has been living in Gaza for more than a year, and is touring the US with his documentary film, Inshallah, which captures daily life of the Palestinians in Gaza. You can watch a 4-minute trailer here, and a 30-minute portion here.  Jacobsen relates the resourcefulness of Palestinians in coping with the Israeli lockdown of Gaza, the recent Egyptian moves to re-open the border at Rafah, his views of the recent exchanges between Obama and Netanyahu, the upcoming flotilla challenging the naval blockade, and his general pessimism about the “peace process”.  For a schedule of Jacobsen’s US tour, click here.

This show is dedicated to Eric Isralow, dubbed “Dr. Rock” on Bay Area radio; he died of a stroke on June 2.  We co-hosted an oldies show on KCBS-FM around 1980, and he also worked at the legendary KYA-FM.  He wrote a weekly column about music and musicians for The San Francisco Examiner,and was the real Dr. Rock who was portrayed by Jim Belushi in Oliver Stone’s Salvador. He was a cannibas evangelist who fought to legalize medical marijuana, and a fascinating guy with an easy smile and stories to tell.  Happy trails, Dr. Rock!  Our tribute begins at 37:22