Sarit Weiss, 23, of Beersheva, Israel, died Nov. 23, after n possible case of alcohol poisoning. She was found dead in a room at a kibbutz, with no signs of foul play or illegal entrance, after a night of heavy drinking.
Weiss’s friends told Israeli newspapers she was a terrific and funny person who loved to go out but, unfortunately, liked to drink too much.
“It doesn’t surprise me, because this wasn’t the first time she went out drinking,” a friend said. “Like many people her age she enjoyed drinking at parties.
Weiss’ family was shocked at the loss, and was surprised to hear she had been found in a kibbutz in the Galilee, because she had said she was going to a party in Ramat Gan, a Tel Aviv suburb.
“She was a friendly girl who loved to go out,” a family member said. “She had friends all over the country.”
While the cause of her death is being investigated, her passing once again raised the issue of young people and alcohol, which is a problem in Israel as elsewhere.
“It is important that we wake up to this issue, because it is already here and significant,” Professor Moti Rabid wrote in Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper in the wake of Weiss’ death.
Her death sparked many comments on the comment sections of Israeli news websites that reported on Weiss’ passing.
“Why doesn’t the Israeli public understand that there needs to be a boundary in everything,” a commenter wrote on one website. “Watch yourselves.”
A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Weiss’ death, but a final cause of death has not been determined.