The Strange Disappearance of Norman Finkelstein's Website...
... from Google's search results.
I'm one of those lazy gits who searches for websites I already know by googling for the name of the person owning the site or to whom the site is dedicated. That's supposed to work exceptionally well for sites like http://www.normanfinkelstein.com/ or http://www.georgegalloway.com/ (am I giving away something here?), because Google will usually return these sites in the #1 spot of their search results.
Not so anymore with Norman Finkelstein: the search results for 'norman g finkelstein' no longer returns Finkelstein's website, or at least not in the #1, #2 or #3 search result pages (I didn't venture beyond that). And it applies to a variety of 'Finkelstein' related terms: 'norman finkelstein', 'norman g finkelstein', 'norman g. finkelstein', 'norman finkelstein website' etc etc.
And I'm not the only one who has noticed.
Google's cache shows nothing (the cache is empty) but Finkelstein may have a 'no cache' instruction on his homepage (although that would be quite unusual).
The link command returns 2,020 web pages linking to Finkelstein's domain, indicating that it remains firmly in Google's index.
While it's tempting to assume some 'anti anti-Zionist' plot's at work, I'm not a conspiracy theorist. But it's impossible not to want to speculate about this highly strange state of affairs, which has been persisting for a few days now. Hackers including a 'no follow' command in the home page's code? Unlikely and hard to do (but not impossible I guess). A sophisticated Google bomb? Google bombs can make websites appear in the search results of the bombers' choice but as far as I know cannot prevent the site from appearing under its natural search terms.
So I'm at a loss but something is up. This cannot be a 'coincidence'...