Public Israeli company Danya Cebus is one of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in Israel. The company specializes in the execution of large infrastructure projects that include the construction of roads, the construction of railway infrastructure, bridges, parking lots, tunnel mining and related infrastructure.
The company is involved in the construction of housing and transportation projects in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem Light Rail
In September 2023, the company’s consortium, JTrain, was chosen as the winning bid in the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR) Blue Line tender. The JTrain consortium was established for the benefit of the project and is jointly owned by Danya Cebus, Dan Public Transportation Company, and the Spanish infrastructure company COMSA.
The JLR network is a large-scale Israeli transport infrastructure project connecting large settlement blocks in occupied East Jerusalem to the center of the city and its western side and is contingent on the expropriation of Palestinian land and the further territorial fragmentation of the city’s Palestinian neighborhoods.
The JLR Blue Line is to be the third and longest main axis of the JLR network. The line route stretches for 31 km connecting the settlement neighborhood of Ramot and Ramat Eshkol settlement neighborhoods in the north to the settlement neighborhood of Gilo in the south, passing through the city center, with 53 stations – of which 17 are located in settlement neighborhoods of Ramat Eshkol, Ramot, Gilo and Givat Hamatos in occupied East Jerusalem.
The tender, estimated at NIS 9 billion, includes the establishment, operation, maintenance and financing of the Blue Line project, and the building and laying of tracks for three railway lines extending over 31 kilometers. The consortium will operate the Blue Line for a period of seven years with an option for another 18 years, and will maintain the network for 25 years. The planning works will begin in the coming year and the line will be gradually activated starting in 2028 until its full operation in 2030.
In September 2023, JTrain won a tender by Moriah Jerusalem Development Corporation to carry out infrastructure, construction, paving and development works at the Ramot Interchange, adjacent to the Ramot settlement neighborhood, as part of the Blue Line project.
For more on the Jerusalem Light Rail see Who Profits Update Developments in the expansion of the JLR network: The J-Net project.
Construction on Occupied Land
The company has been involved in the construction of several real estate projects in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. These include the construction of housing units in the settlement neighborhoods of Har Homa and Gilo in East Jerusalem, in the "Green Park" neighborhood in the settlement of Modi'in Illit, and the "Nofei Hasela" neighborhood in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim in the occupied West Bank.
In January 2020, the company won a tender through its fully owned subsidiary Cebus Rimon, to supply and install prefabricated transformer rooms in the settlement of Modi’in Illit in the West Bank.
In 2019, Danya Cebus won a tender to carry out infrastructure and development works for the southern section of the American Road in East Jerusalem. The American Road is part of the eastern ring road, which connects the northern and southern parts of East Jerusalem. The project benefits Israeli settlers while cutting off Palestinian neighborhoods from one another.
The company also built a commercial complex for Rami Levy in the Atarot settlement Industrial Zone in occupied East Jerusalem. The complex takes up 23,000 square meters and includes a 3-story building with a supermarket, shops and parking areas.
The company built residential student dormitories in East Jerusalem for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in partnership with Minrav Group. The residential complex includes 9 buildings and can accommodate 1,600 students.
The company’s subsidiary, Cebus Rimon, was also involved in the construction of the Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem Fast Train (A1), which crosses into the occupied West Bank in two sections. For more on the A1 Train see Who Profits Update Crossing the Line.
Services for the Israeli military
In 2017, the company won three tenders for the construction of a wall as part of the Israeli barrier surrounding the besieged Gaza for NIS 770 million. The tender includes the construction of three sections of a wall using the hydromill method for a total length of approximately 16.8 km as part of the tender published by the Ministry of Defense.
As part of the works, the company’s subsidiary Geo Danya Ltd. carried out drilling to a depth of tens of meters with special machines. In October 2019, the company's employees attacked protesters who demonstrated near the work site near the border with Gaza.
Israeli military Intelligence Campus
The company carried out the construction of the Israeli military’s Intelligence campus (Kiryat Hatikshuv) in the Naqab, through its partnership with the construction contractor for the planning and construction work in the ICT campus together with the Israeli company Shikun & Binui. The work included the construction of all-purpose buildings on 173,000 square meters for the corps. The military ICT campus is part of the Israeli Ministry of Defense relocation plan of the military technology units including the ICT Corps’ technology unit, the Air Force’s technology unit and the Southern Command headquarters, to the Naqab region. In June 2023, the company sold all its rights in Kidmat HaNegev ICT general partnership to Shikun & Binui.
Camp Ariel Sharon
The company carried out construction work in Camp Ariel Sharon, also called the “City of Training Bases” (Ir HaBahadim). The campus is a complex of military bases stretched on 250,000 square meters located in the Naqab region. The company constructed 12 training buildings of 3.5 floors, in a total area of approximately 74,000 square meters.
For more on development and military projects in the Naqab see Who Profits Dynamic Report Tools of Dispossession in the Naqab.
Services for the Israeli Police
The company constructed the Tel Aviv District Police Headquarters office building.