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

“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 US president, wrote 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 region, saying: “As president, I will support the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians and do everything possible to bring peace and security to the region.”