During the 1920s and 30s, a British journalist, J.M.N. Jeffries. followed the events in Palestine with growing anger, as he saw the effects of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 on the indigenous Arab inhabitants as they faced the loss of their rights and their land to a movement, political Zionism, which wanted to take over Palestine and turn it into a Jewish state. Colin Andersen has written the first ever biography of Jeffries and of how he came to write his monumental book, Palestine: The Reality, which revealed the truth about the injustice being inflicted on the Palestinians. He also tells the story of how the book disappeared from circulation after publication, and has only now been republished in the centenary year of the Balfour Declaration. Balfour in the Dock is a devastating indictment of British policy in the Middle East and strengthens the growing campaign for an apology for the Balfour Declaration which has caused such havoc in world politics over the last hundred years.
Colin Andersen studied Arabic at Sydney University's Department of Semitic Studies from 1977-79. His discovery of J.M.N. Jeffries' all but forgotten book, Palestine: The Reality (1939), sparked an allconsuming quest for information about the man and his book, and reveals new information about a witty and passionate advocate for justice in Palestine.