Thousands of Jewish settlers burst into the town Kifl Hares southeast of Qalqilya in the northern West Bank, and performed Talmudic rituals in a memorial in the town, under the protection of the Israeli army and in coordination with the security services of the Palestinian Authority.
Thousands of Jews did some to visit the tomb of Joshua (as well as Caleb Ben Yefuneh) on the anniversary of his death.
The holy site has been vandalized a number of times by Palestinian Arabs, in stories that barely get reported, as opposed to the world headlines that accompany graffiti sometimes scrawled on mosques in Israel.
Existing signed agreements between Israel and the PA are supposed to allow free access to holy sites under Arab control. Then again, Jordan signed similar agreements with Israel in 1949, and yet Jews were not allowed to visit any of their holy places during that anomalous 19 year time period that so many still consider "the status quo."