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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced Monday he will not attend a forthcoming conference organized by a pro-Israel lobby group that serves as a platform to “express bigotry.”

“The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security. So do the Palestinian people,” Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic nomination for U.S. president, said on Twitter.

“I remain concerned about the platform AIPAC [American Israel Public Affairs Committee] provides for leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights. For that reason, I will not attend their conference.”

Sanders reiterated his support for a two-state solution in the

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