The relationships and conflicts between Israel and Palestine will be the subject of a talk and presentation by Ridgely Fuller and Jeff Pickert on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast. The church is at 37 Miller St., behind the public library. The program is open to the public.

Fuller recently participated in the second Freedom Flotilla, in which the U.S. flagged ship the Audacity of Hope tried to break the Israeli siege of Gaza to deliver letters from supporters. The expedition was not successful because the ship’s captain was arrested in Greek waters as he attempted to sail to Gaza.

In 2002, Fuller took her first trip to the Middle East to visit Peace and Justice groups in both Israel and Palestine. Since then, she has participated in a three-week International Women’s Rights march in 2003 that was organized by Palestinian and Israeli women. She also made several other trips to the area, staying as long as three months.

Fuller has been to Gaza twice, once for several months after the Israeli invasion, and again in the summer of 2010 to assist social workers. Her primary job as a social worker has been with children and families.

Jeff Pickert is a 22-year-old American solidarity activist who has lived and worked in the occupied West Bank for a more than a year and a half. Pickert, a graduate of Beloit College and a resident of Chicago, also has studied Arabic and Palestinian Politics at Birzeit College in Palestine. He has accompanied Palestinian medical teams during villagers’ confrontations with Israeli armed forces.