RAMALLAH (AFP) - Palestinian Economy Minister Bassem Khuri resigned on Saturday, an official close to him said, becoming the second minister to step down since the government was formed earlier this year. Bassem Khuri has resigned to protest the Palestinian Authoritys agreement not to discuss the Goldstone report, the official said on condition of anonymity. The UN Human Rights Council on Friday delayed a vote on a damning report by former international prosecutor Richard Goldstone on alleged war crimes by Israel and the Palestinian movement Hamas during the Gaza war. The move followed a request by Pakistan, on behalf of the several Arab, Muslim and African states who supported the report, to defer endorsement. Earlier, the Palestinian delegation to the council had stopped pushing for the reports immediate consideration because of US pressure, according to media reports. Khuri, a political independent, was a new face in the government formed by Western-backed Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in May. The team does did not include any members of Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinian Authoritys Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Hatem Abdel Qader, resigned in July over what he said was the governments failure to aid residents in battling Israeli housing demolitions.