Succumbing to grassroots pressure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg both announced Wednesday that they would not attend the Israel lobby\u0026#039;s meeting this year, making them the latest two Democratic presidential candidates to decline an invitation to address the conference.Jewish-led group IfNotNow\u0026nbsp;credited its #SkipAIPAC campaign—which it\u0026#039;s leading with MoveOn, Indivisible, and the Working Families Party—as well as years of public pressure from defenders of Palestinians\u0026#039; human rights—with convincing Buttigieg and Klobuchar to skip the conference.\u0022This is a watershed moment and a major victory against the bigotry that AIPAC has legitimized for decades,\u0022 said IfNotNow co-founder Dani Moscovitch. \u0022Even moderates in the Democratic Party are now refusing to attend a conference by a right-wing lobby that allies with bigots just to shield the Israeli government from any consequences for denying the Palestinian people freedom and dignity.\u0022Our statement on the news that both @PeteButtigieg and @amyklobuchar are joining @BernieSanders and @ewarren in not attending @AIPAC\u0026#039;s conference. This is a watershed moment and a major victory against the bigotry that AIPAC has legitimized for decades. #SkipAIPAC pic.twitter.com/Dk70FaoVUh— IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) February 26, 2020\u0022Because of grassroots pressure, the tide is turning,\u0022 IfNotNow tweeted. Journalist Glenn Greenwald said the shift away from AIPAC solidifies its status as \u0022a fringe, right-wing, radioactive rogue organization.\u0022\u0022It always was that, but its mask has finally fallen and it\u0026#039;s now widely recognized as such,\u0022 Greenwald tweeted.Democrats as well as Republicans have for decades attended the annual policy conference led by AIPAC, which supports the Israeli military occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first Democratic presidential candidate this year to announce she would skip the conference, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) earlier this week.\u0022Even moderates in the Democratic Party are now refusing to attend a conference by a right-wing lobby that allies with bigots just to shield the Israeli government from any consequences for denying the Palestinian people freedom and dignity.\u0022 —Dani Moscovitch, IfNotNow On Tuesday, seven IfNotNow members were arrested at former Vice President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s presidential campaign headquarters in Philadelphia for holding a public action there. Biden and businessman Tom Steyer have not committed to skipping the AIPAC conference, and IfNotNow called former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is set to speak at the meeting, a \u0022lost cause.\u0022\u0026nbsp;MoveOn said it was encouraged by the commitments of the four Democratic candidates.\u0022MoveOn members are excited that Democratic candidates are listening to the grassroots majority that supports peace and diplomacy over disastrous wars of choice,\u0022 said senior political advisor Dan Kalik. \u0022Thank you Senators Warren, Sanders, and Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete for standing by your values and choosing to #SkipAIPAC. No candidates should be pandering to AIPAC, which spent millions in an attempt to defeat the Iran Nuclear Deal and continues to give a platform to Islamophobes and bigots.\u0022With a growing number of major political figures refusing to align with the anti-Palestinian rights lobby, IfNotNow is also focused on ending the U.S. government\u0026#039;s support for the Israeli military\u0026#039;s occupation.\u0022It is time to end the blank check and for our tax dollars to stop funding the Israeli occupation,\u0022 said Moscovitch.