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Brazil: Luiz Fux, Jewish Judge, Becomes Head of Supreme Court

Luiz Fux, the first Jewish justice on Brazil’s highest court, is now its first Jewish president.

Brazil rotates the top post among its 11 justices on the Federal Supreme Court every two years.

“I will always strive for moral values, republican values, the struggle for democracy,” Fux, 67, said Thursday in a speech. “May God protect me.”

The Rio native’s grandparents fled Romania during World War II. His grandmother is a former president of the Israelite Children’s Home in Rio.

“It’s a great pride for the Brazilian Jewish community to have Luiz Fux at the head of the Supreme Court,” Fernando Lottenberg, president of the Brazilian Israelite Confederation, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “He has deep legal knowledge and well-known humanism, in line with the Jewish tradition of valuing knowledge and life.” (INN / VFI News)