By Candice Krieger
Self-styled Zionist rapper Samuel Green is becoming a YouTube sensation.
Mr Green, who performs under the alter-ego Antithesis, has created his debut music video. Released in honour of last week’s Yom Ha’atzmaut, the video, called Proud to be a Zionist, has received more than 5,000 hits on YouTube and the track is gathering momentum. It is in the top 50 best-rated videos for April in the ‘Music – Israel’ category.
The former Mazkir of FZY, Mr Green, 27, tells People: “The video is aimed at the people in the community. I feel that a lot of us are embarrassed to say we are a Zionist as, in the current climate, it can be viewed as a negative word. But we should be proud of it. Being a Zionist does not mean you are an extremist.”
Mr Green, who works for a multi-national marketing firm in Switzerland, recorded Ima Mechaka Babayit in 2001, which Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks described as a “very novel prayer”. He has since produced EPs The Israel Question and United Kingdom of Racism. Varsity named him one of the Top 100 Most Talented Cambridge Students, and the JC included him in its ‘Power 100’ list of those with the most influence over the British Jewish community.