Sol Metz was born on May 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. He devoted his life to social justice activism, which he approached from a deeply spiritual perspective. A friend remembers: Sol was a man of profound convictions and principle. When he came to a conclusion about something, about making a commitment to something, he did it and stuck with it.
Sol first visited Palestine in 2002, where he witnessed the effects of Israel’s occupation first hand. When he returned in 2005 as a volunteer with the Holy Land Trust, he saw two women mourning in the ruins of their house, which Israeli Occupation forces had just demolished. He silently sat down with them in sympathy and solidarity. After about half an hour, he asked if he could take their picture.They agreed, and Sol thanked them. He made CD copies of the resulting photograph and circulated it widely, asking that it be used in flyers and presentations without crediting himself.
I would go into the garden
and plant an olive tree.
Unless we plant now,
There will be no shade for our children,
No oil to heal the wounds,
No olive branches to wave for peace
when it comes.