|• Hebrew||חֻרְפֵישׁ, חורפיש|
|• ISO 259||Ḥurp̄eiš|
|• Type||Local council (from 1967)|
|• Total||4,229 dunams (4.229 km2 or 1.633 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||Briar thorn|
Hurfeish was declared a local council in 1967. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) it had a total population of 5,200 in 2006, with a growth rate of 1.9%. The majority of residents are Druze, with a small number of Christians and Muslims. A large percentage of the population are police and army officers, serving with the Israel Police and the Israel Defense Forces.
According to the tradition, Sabalan, a Druze prophet, often identified with the Biblical Zebulon, escaped to cave after he failed to convert Hebron residents to the new religion, then he continued to teach the religion and also built by himself a room over the site of the cave. it is located in Hurfeish, on the top of Mount Zvul. Until Israel's independence war, Sunni Muslims from the nearby village Sabalan were the owners of the shrine, since they left the village at 1948, the Druze under the leadership of Sheikh Amin Tarif took control over the site and built a hall for reception, more prayer halls (Khalwat) and theological school. Every 10 September it′s the time of a big Ziyarat to the shrine and Druze from Mount Carmel, Galilee and the Golan Heights visit the shrine for prayers and discuss on religious issues.