Ein Qiniyye

Not to be confused with Ein Qiniya.
Ein Qiniya
عين قنية

Ein Qiniyye
Ein Qiniya

Golan Heights on the map of Syria. Ein Qiniyye on the map of the Golan Heights.

Coordinates: 33°14′13″N 35°43′51″E / 33.23694°N 35.73083°E / 33.23694; 35.73083Coordinates: 33°14′13″N 35°43′51″E / 33.23694°N 35.73083°E / 33.23694; 35.73083
Country Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory occupied by Israel
Israeli District Northern District
Israeli Subdistrict Golan
Syrian Governorate Quneitra Governorate
Syrian District Quneitra District
Population (2015) 1,945[1]

Ein Qiniyye or 'Ayn Qunya (Arabic: عين قنية; Hebrew: עֵין קֻנִיֶּה) is a Druze[2] village in the Israeli-occupied southern foothills of Mount Hermon, 750 meters above sea level. It was granted local council status in 1982. Its inhabitants are mostly Syrian citizens with permanent residency status in Israel (for more about the status and position of the Golan Heights Druze community see here). In 2015 it had a population of 1,945.

It is one of the four remaining Druze-Syrian communities on the Israeli-occupied side of Mount Hermon and the Golan Heights, together with Majdal Shams, Mas'ade and Buq'ata. Geographically a distinction is made between the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon, the boundary being marked by the Sa'ar Stream; however, administratively usually they are being lumped together. Ein Qiniyye and Majdal Shams are on the Hermon side of the boundary, thus sitting on limestone, while Buq'ata and Mas'ade are on the Golan side, characterised by black volcanic rock (basalt).

Since the adoption of the 1981 Golan Heights Law, Ein Qiniyye is under Israeli civil law, and incorporated into the Israeli system of local councils. Some of the young people of the village used to study at Syrian universities, but at the end of 2012 a Druze cleric advised them against applying until the war was over.[3] For more about the status and position of the Golan Heights Druze community see here.


  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. "The Druze Population of Israel" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 21 April 2005. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  3. Syria war drives Druze students away Ynetnews, 2 December 2012

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