Last Thursday, august 13, we had to say goodbye to Willem Arts, chair of our foundation Friends of Nazareth.
Willem joined the board as chairman in January 2009 in succession to Siny Bootsma.
In that very year he visited Israel as member of a delegation of the board. He was deeply impressed.
As he mentioned himself: “Despite the big confrontation I feel rich that I was able to make this trip. I am grateful to all people I have met and the way they shared their daily lives with me.”
We experienced Willem as a very good chairman. He aimed for connecting, connecting head and heart, connecting the Foundation and our Palestinian students in Israel as well as us, the members of the board.
He did that always modestly, professionally and convincingly. In this way he tried to contribute to the difficult process in Israel and he always invited others to do the same.
We will miss Willem very much as do his relatives. We wish them strength in a future life without Willem.
Willem passed away the 7th of August 2015, he reached the age of 64 years.